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July 13, 2007

How The Propaganda Gets From The Farm To Your Dinner Table

Laura Rozen points to this USA Today story:

A previously undisclosed Army investigation into an audacious January attack in Karbala that killed five U.S. soldiers concludes that Iraqi police working alongside American troops colluded with insurgents.

Of course, the US has for months been saying this attack was planned by Iranians. And the involvement of Iraqi police doesn't necessarily contradict that.

Still, it seems like it would be nice to mention the role played by Iraqis—particularly if, like Joseph Lieberman, you've written opeds saying this:

While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States...To turn around the crisis we need to send more American troops while we also train more Iraqi troops...

Here's a recent picture of Iraqi policemen from the Karbala region graduating from their training course:

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — The Iraqi Police Sustainment Training program on Forward Operating Base Kalsu graduated its second class March 24 as part of Babil and Karbala provinces' journey towards provincial Iraqi control.

The Karbala police sent 35 officers and the Babil police sent 15. After 10 days of training in the art and science of police work, the graduates felt excited and honored to serve the people of Iraqi.

"This was a good group of policemen who were willing to learn and were very excited about getting out there and doing their job," said Lonnie Webb, a native of Homerville, Ga., and member of the Homerville Police Department who assisted with the training.

Yet for some odd reason, Lieberman failed to note the involvement of the Iraqi police in a recent press release touching on the attack:

Brig. Gen. Bergner also provided new evidence this morning that Iranian operatives helped plan a sophisticated ambush in January that resulted in the abduction and murder of five American soldiers.

And there was no mention of it in Lieberman's Senate amendment on Iran, though he did feel it needed to include lots of information about the Karbala incident:

(17) On January 20, 2007, a sophisticated attack was launched by insurgents at the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Iraq, resulting in the murder of five American soldiers, four of whom were first abducted.

(18) On April 26, 2007, General Petraeus stated that the so-called Qazali network was responsible for the attack on the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center and that "there's no question that the Qazali network is directly connected to the Iranian Qods force [and has] received money, training, arms, ammunition, and at some points in time even advice and assistance and direction''.

(19) On July 2, 2007, Brigadier General Bergner stated that the United States Armed Forces possesses documentary evidence that the Qods Force had developed detailed information on the United States position at the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center "regarding our soldiers' activities, shift changes, and defenses, and this information was shared with the attackers''.

(20) On July 2, 2007, Brigadier General Bergner stated of the January 20 Karbala attackers, "[They] could not have conducted this complex operation without the support and direction of the Qods Force.''

And that, my children, is how propaganda gets from the farm to your dinner table.

Posted at July 13, 2007 04:32 PM | TrackBack

thanks, dad. shouldn't the USDA intervene any time Lieberman is involved?

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at July 13, 2007 10:16 PM

I'm suprised you didn't emphasis this: "After 10 days of training in the art and science of police work, the graduates felt excited and honored to serve the people of Iraqi."
Ten f*cking days of training? Rent-a-cops get 10 days. Nurse's aides get 10 days. Cannon fodder gets 10 days.

Posted by: the bunny at July 13, 2007 11:09 PM

I am so reassured about the fine police force we are helping to "train" now that I know that said training is being provided by a representative of the "Homerville [Ga.] Police Department."

All I'm saying is any Hispanic-lookin' guy who wants to drive through downtown Karbala had better check that his taillights are in good working order.

Posted by: SteveB at July 13, 2007 11:31 PM

Or a coupla hundred in CASH if his taillights don't work.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 14, 2007 12:05 PM