Max Boot's is right to recommend a closer working relationships between American and Iraqi security forces. But before expressing my delight with the administrations's decision to trust the Iraqis, may I suggest using our mega bombs on ammunition dumps. Why precisely are we guarding those dumps instead of bombing them? The notion that are soldiers should die in order to save the dumps for future Iraqi army use is beyond comprehension.
By the way, both CIA and the American armed forces are routinely underestimating the capabilities of local forces. Remember how the CIA dragged its feet in arming the Northern alliance in Afghanistan? Our refusal to believe the documents we captured which detailed Saddam's plan to continue fighting a guerrilla war is costing us dearly.