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U.S. Troops Say Iraqi Army in Baghdad is Filthy with JAM?

For those who don’t read military blogs and are not informed about Iraq, JAM does not refer to a tasty alternative to Jelly being smeared all over the IA’s uniforms after eating PB&J’s, but is the acronym given to al Sadr’s Mahdi militia, Jaish al Mahdi (JAM).

Now, this is why I never read or watch any “mainstream” media outlet for my news and haven’t for years and only get my news from Conservative blogs and Military Blogs.  I am sure many liberal blogs will be running with this story and having orgasms about what bad news this is and happily cheering on the struggles our military is having in Iraq.

However, what you will not get is the other side of the story.  Bryan Preston provides that at Hot Air.  It is good commentary such as this which is why I trust Conservative Blogs and Military blogs to keep me informed about military matters and progress and success in Iraq and putting all struggles and setbacks into proper context.

AllahPundit has posted all the bad news here:  US Troops Say Iraqi Army in Baghdad is Filthy With JAM

Here is the added commentary by Bryan Preston to put this all into perspective.  Something you will never get from the “mainstream” media (who supports the terrorists and is at war with the U.S. military) or any liberals’ blogs.

Update (Bryan): In the interests of braking the panic that this story is creating a little bit, the troops at FOB Justice were candid with Michelle and I about the state of the Iraqi security forces. Are they “filthy with JAM?” In the case of the police, yes. In the case of the army, less so. That’s one of several reasons that the IA tends to be more effective and more trusted on the street than the police. The US troops on FOB Justice share their base with both Iraqi Army and police, both of which they are training, so they are in a position to know about the infiltration and to be aware of what can be done about it.

The fact is, our troops are attempting to create legitimate Iraqi security forces in the middle of a war, and in a country where security forces were an arm of Saddam prior to 2003. So history is against us being able to create hermetically sealed security forces from scratch. The war these forces are being stood up in the midst of includes a whole lot of factions who all have an interest in infiltrating the forces that we’re trying to stand up, so it shouldn’t be a total shock that they’re trying and in too many cases succeeding. The troops are the least shocked. That doesn’t mean that they don’t see infiltration as a problem; they do. But they’re aware of it, they’re not panicked by it as far as I can tell and they are working to weed out the bad guys. That takes time, something Congress seems increasingly of a mind not to grant.

The case of JAM is, as I’ve mentioned before, not as simple as the press usually makes out. Of the entire JAM militia, probably half are truly loyal to al-Sadr. The other half joined up for various reasons from needing the money to being threatened if they don’t join to having a grudge against Sunnis to wanting to tamp down local petty crime, etc. JAM isn’t a monolithic force in the way that Al Qaeda is, all joined by one ideal. There are factions within it, and those factions can be and are being exploited politically by the US forces. That also takes time. I will say that all the panic in Washington these days strengthens the hand of Sadr, since he seems to be on the winning side right now and everyone who chose to side with us seems to be on the losing side. The momentum right now is undoubtedly with the Sadrists, not because of the infiltration, but because anyone who is on the fence in Baghdad is being compelled by events to choose a side, and one side appears to be running away. The rational choice for an awful lot of people will be to join the side that is staying and looks like it will have a great deal of power after we’ve withdrawn. Had we stayed and not shown so much panic over the years, those who sided with us would be in a stronger position in Iraqi society than they may be in the coming months and years–if they survive that long.

None of this is to minimize the threat of militia infiltration into the ISF. But stories like the one above present the negative gotchas–see here, the whole Iraqi military is nothing but JAM–while leaving out the positive things our troops might have said about the ISF or how they see the infiltration being dealt with. The same troops at FOB Justice who were candid with us about JAM infiltration in the ISF also noted that some units are standing up fairly well and some are taking their missions very seriously and doing them well. You’ll hear about that in a bit more detail in tomorrow’s Vent, actually.

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February 2, 2007 , 4:16PM - Posted by | Iraq, Media Bias, Military, Terrorism, War Effort in Iraq

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