From an interview with Bing West:

President Obama has declared a total pull out by Aug of 2011. So US advisers have about two years to improve the Iraqi security forces. But the leverage of advisers has been tremendously weakened – discounted – because the date certain for their departure has been agreed by the US and GOI. It’s too late for significantly more strengthening by US mentoring. We will provide technical training, staff procedures and logistical support. The greatest defect in our approach is the lack of police techniques appropriate to an insurgency.

The place will go to hell when we leave. Which is not a reason to stay.

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