PROGRESS REPORT….So how are we doing on training the Iraqi security forces? Compare and contrast:
September 2005: The number of Iraqi army battalions that can fight insurgents without U.S. and coalition help has dropped from three to one, top U.S. generals told Congress yesterday….Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who oversees U.S. forces in Iraq, said there are fewer Iraqi battalions at “Level 1” readiness than there were a few months ago.
Today: The number of Iraqi army battalions that operate independently, with no assistance from U.S. forces, has dropped from 10 to six over the last two months, the top U.S. general said on Friday.
So over the past 24 months the number of Iraqi battalions capable of fighting on their own has increased from three to six. At this rate we’ll be able to turn security over to the Iraqis sometime around 2067. Yippee.