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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Combat is the best teacher of all

Much has been written about the ineffectiveness of the new Iraqi Army and Security forces in combatting the terrorists within Iraq. Given that the army was raised up from nothing, instances like this are a good sign.

And let's say Iraq gets a professional, *battle-hardened* military in place by the end of next year. They'll end up with a military that's second only (maybe) to Israel in terms of experience and professionalism in the Mid-East. That'll shift the balance of power somewhat, as the current big dog in the gulf is probably Saudi Arabia. An Iraqi army that's pro-West and powerful will change things in the Gulf for years to come.

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