Friday, July 22, 2005

NYT: The Quiet Assassins

In 1941, two US newspapers pushed the US prematurely into war with Germany, killing thousands of Americans. The New York Times continues that bloody tradition - recently publishing our planes' routes into Iraq, and now publishing to the Sunni and al Queda kid-killers a Secret report on the weaknesses in the fledgling Iraqi security forces. How do the brave and honest American people breed such perverts?

The Pentagon has given a stark assessment of the state of Iraq's fledgling security forces, concluding that only a "small number" of units are capable of fighting the insurgency without American military support.

The sober analysis was made by Gen Peter Pace, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was leaked to The New York Times as Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, insisted on keeping secret the Pentagon's views on the Iraqi security forces, contained in a separate report due to be delivered to Congress last night.

"The information we're getting is in large measure from the Iraqi security forces," Mr Rumsfeld said. "It's their information. It's not for us to tell the other side, the enemy, the terrorists, that this Iraqi unit has this capability and that that Iraqi unit has that capability."

The NYT gives us a glimpse into the violent and self-hating souls of US liberals. How a nation of decent people produces these creatures is a mystery.