Wednesday, October 13, 2004

President Bush and Training Iraqi Troops

Tonight: “The way to succeed is to train Iraqis so they can do the hard work of Democracy. We’ll have 125,000 troops trained by the end of this year.”

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, September 23, 2004: “It’s 100,000 total security forces, and I don’t want anyone to make the mistake that security force equals soldier — could be policemen, and it could be the eight-week trained policemen, of which there are a little over 8,000, or it could be what I refer to as the shake-and-bake three-week police force, which are previous policemen who are now given a three-weeks course. So it’s a mixed bag , but there are about 100,000 total security forces.”

Guess it depends on what the meaning of “trained” is.

1 comment:

  1. Hi -
    I arrived at this site via google that you had compiled a list of the various times BushCo has stated Iraqi troops were being trained -- since 2003.
    But you only have 2 sources from 2004.