This morning, the Washington Post reported on severe problems within the Iraqi security forces:
Shiite and Kurdish militias, often operating as part of Iraqi government security forces, have carried out a wave of abductions, assassinations and other acts of intimidation, consolidating their control over territory across northern and southern Iraq and deepening the country’s divide along ethnic and sectarian lines, according to political leaders, families of the victims, human rights activists and Iraqi officials.
While Iraqi representatives wrangle over the drafting of a constitution in Baghdad, the militias, and the Shiite and Kurdish parties that control them, are creating their own institutions of authority, unaccountable to elected governments, the activists and officials said.
On ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. George Allen (R-VA) about the article. Allen said we have the same problems in the United States:
STEPHANOPOULOS: We read on the front page of the Washington Post this morning that these elements of the Iraqi military, the army and security forces we’re training up, are actually, many of them, still loyal to their parties, still loyal to their militias and it’s not a national army.
ALLEN: Well, that’s true. And you have that even in our United States. We have local police; we have state police, and you have the FBI…
It seems Allen is willing to saying anything to avoid admitting there are problems in Iraq.
UPDATE: Once again, Crooks and Liars provides the video.