Saturday, June 23, 2007
Starbucks barista or Iraqi cop? You decide - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth:
It takes almost 7 days of training to become a Starbucks barista. But add just one more day and you can become a gun-toting member of the Iraqi police. From NPR:
For now, these men get only eight days of training and at the end of it, they get to keep their gun and their uniform.
Which explains why we read the following in the Washington Post last October:
The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., predicted last week that Iraqi security forces would be able to take control of the country in 12 to 18 months. But several days spent with American units training the Iraqi police illustrated why those soldiers on the ground believe it may take decades longer than Casey's assessment....