Saturday, January 20, 2007
Canary In The Mine
You've got to figure that the Kurds know Iraq a little better than we do. After all, they're Iraqis, despite the fact that they might prefer otherwise. So it doesn't strike me as such a good sign that the Peshmergas-turned-Iraqi regulars who have been Shanghai'd to surge into Baghdad alongside our own GI's are deserting in numbers substantial enough for one Kurdish General to call it "a phenomenon."
"The soldiers don't know the Arabic language, the Arab tradition, and they don't have any experience fighting terror," said Anwar Dolani, a former peshmerga commander who leads the brigade that's being transferred to Baghdad from the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah.
So just how does that distinguish them, say, from the reservists being called up here at home?