The U.S. military can’t find 190,000 weapons given willy-nilly to Iraqi forces when security training was run by Gen. David Petraeus.
Which raises fears, as The Washington Post delicately puts it, that the military genius who is now the top U.S. commander in Iraq has armed the insurgents fighting U.S. troops.
Makes you wonder what else besides AK-47s, pistols, body armor and helmets will have gone missing by September, when Petraeus is scheduled to report to Congress about “progress” in Iraq.
Thousands of Iraqi civilians maybe? More U.S. troops killed and wounded? Political sanity?
(Crossposted at HuffPo)
Postscript: And now for a minor update.
Iraq Weapons Are a Focus of Criminal Investigations
BAGHDAD, Aug. 27 — Several federal agencies are investigating a widening network of criminal cases involving the purchase and delivery of billions of dollars of weapons, supplies and other matériel to Iraqi and American forces, according to American officials. The officials said it amounted to the largest ring of fraud and kickbacks uncovered in the conflict here.
The inquiry has already led to several indictments of Americans, with more expected, the officials said. One of the investigations involves a senior American officer who worked closely with Gen. David H. Petraeus in setting up the logistics operation to supply the Iraqi forces when General Petraeus was in charge of training and equipping those forces in 2004 and 2005, American officials said Monday.
Wanna bet the Petraeus report will not mention American war profiteers?