You are kidding aren't you? Is there any one thing President George Bush could do that wouldn't upset the Insurgents and the Democrats?
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the money is to be used to help train NEW forces, equip them ALL as much as possible with modern munitions. body shields, detection devices, communications equipment, etc. Things that are considered to be 'normal' police equipment that they wouldn't have yet (or at least not enough of it) and train them how to use stuff they've never had or known about before.
You aren't considering the fact that the insurgents have been killing on a regular basis Iraqi police that we've already trained....so new recruits have to be hired and trained to replace them in addition to adding more to the forces in order for them to be able to take care of their country on their own....as well as be able to communicate throughout the country with other Iraqi police forces.
They have no army.....yet.....and having only a police force isn't going to be enough to handle things alone all over the country.
Plus...as Iraqis come forward to enlist in this police force, careful checking of each one is in order to make sure they aren't hiring on insurgents or native Iraqis that will have inside info to pass on. Security checking takes time and money...18 months may seem like a long time to you, but when you have thousands to screen, and more volunteering for the police force, you have to take into consideration the amount of checking that needs to be done as quickly as possible in order to get the training started.
If you look at our own military, each branch goes through a minimum of 6-8 weeks BASIC training in squads of perhaps 50 each...before they are sent on to a duty port or a school for more training in a specialized field. Two months minimum for each soldier, sailor, marine, air force.....before they are passed on to the next 'department' for further training (and sometimes in times of war that next 'department' to train is 'learn as you go' because it's 'on the job' training on the battlefield.
How many NFG's arrive on the battlefield and have to learn how to survive by instinct immediately and are being trained completely differently than what they had been taught in basic training? The burden of a commmanding officer in the field is tremendous to keep as many of his new guys as safe as possible during this 'on the job' training. Quite a few.......so why would you think that 18 months of training Iraqi forces is adequate or time and money wasted when the turnover is greater for them (being blown up or ambushed) than it is for our guys, but has to be done over and over in order to try to increase the numbers as quickly as possible?
taking excessive casualties. It might have been nice if the US admin. could have figured out in advance that they were going to need a large police force immediately, and provided for it's equipment, but the type of equipment needed HAS changed drastically the longer we've been there, so I take your point.
... I've already visited www.defendthedefenders.org. I see they have exceeded their bandwidth His mother set the site up, hopefully with all the attention someone will donate BW/funds for.
you do is set up a police force to prevent all those things that happened like looting and destruction and the stockpiling of weapons. You co-opt the opposition, disarm the military, sort out the Ba'athists from the police force and give the remainder the tools to do the job and start training on day one of replacements and additions to the police force. You don't wait 2 years.