THE DISAPPEARING IRAQI ARMY….South Knox Bubba asks exactly the question that’s been on my mind lately:
Where is the Iraqi army? It is estimated they have over three million men of military age fit for duty. Recent estimates by Jane’s put their regular army and Republican Guard troop strength at approx. 400,000. In addition, it has been estimated that they had 650,000 reserves and up to 60,000 paramilitary.
….Have they all really just thrown down their weapons and faded back into the population? (My guess is that some of them are probably the looters, by the way). That’s a scary thought. Can we really say they are defeated if they’re just hiding? Remember Lexington and Concord?
SKB has more, but the basic question is: why didn’t they fight? Entire divisions got annihilated without a single American casualty. And where are their weapons? There’s either something scary going on here or else there’s a truly fascinating story waiting to be told.
And what about the WMDs? I still think we’re going to find some, but as Jesse points out, General Amer Hammoudi “7 of Diamonds” al-Saadi, Saddam’s science advisor, has given himself up and says there are no WMDs. What’s the point of lying about it now?
Mysteriouser and mysteriouser….