Libya on Fire
Egypt Promises to Train Pro-Government Fighters in Libya
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  • wigwag

    The idea that the Egyptian army is going to train anyone and have it matter is preposterous. These training exercises inevitably fail. Does anyone remember Nixon’s and Kissinger’s exit strategy from Indochina? It was called “Vietnamization” and the idea was that before we left, American troops would train the South Vietnamese army to fight the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese. How did that work out?

    Fast forward several decades and our exit strategy from Iraq depended on training the largely Shia Iraqi army. Isn’t the origin of our current problems with ISIS the fact that the Iraqi army that we spent hundreds of millions of dollars to train, ran like frightened school girls at the first sign of a fight? Actually, I take it back; I think I just insulted all the frightened school girls out there.

    The United States is working overtime to export this fantasy all over the world. For example, Obama and his henchmen believe that Israel should place the security of its heartland in the hands of a bunch of Palestinian authority thugs. Why should Israel trust them? Because the thugs were trained by the United States.

    If the United States fails over and over again in its attempt to train foreign fighters to become an effective military force, there is no reason to believe that Egypt will accomplish anything.

    • B-Sabre

      ” Isn’t the origin of our current problems with ISIS the fact that the Iraqi army that we spent hundreds of millions of dollars to train, ran like frightened school girls at the first sign of a fight? ”

      The problem wasn’t the soldiers as much as it was the leadership appointed over them by the Al-Maliki government – the command corps that had been trained and mentored by the US, and fought beside thme thrpough

    • Fred

      In fact, with American air support and resupply, the South Vietnamese beat back the Easter Invasion in 1972. Had the Democrats not cut RVN’s nuts off in the wake of Watergate in 1974, there is a strong possibility Vietnamization would have worked. However, I agree about Egypt and Iraq. Arab armies are not warriors; they are regime-protection thugs. That’s why they generally get their butts kicked when they go up against real soldiers like ours or the Israelis’. I doubt the Iraqis or Egyptians can even take on central casting psychos like ISIS.

  • Arkeygeezer

    You miss the point. The Egyptians are going to settle things down in Lybia, and that is a good thing. We need to stay out of it. Let the locals handle their own problems. We don’t need to meddle in matters that do not concern us.

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