• State Still Not Prepared to Bully Iraq, Might Lose Lunch Money

    June 30, 2011

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq, Military

    No matter what form of US military is left in Iraq by year’s end, the State Department takes over the mission from the Army on October 1 (don’t anticipate any parades, maybe a press release or infomercial) and will have to fend for itself in Iraq. No more US Army around to push the mean kids out of State’s way and protect their tender asses and smooth hands from reality.

    State would like to hire its own army, 5500 mercs, dropping a couple of billion in protection money so that Sadr doesn’t steal the embassy’s lunch money. Congress may or may not ante up (it looks like things are covered for part of the next FY) but the task of supervising all those bad boys and filling in the security gaps the Army will leave falls on State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, or “DS” if you’re cool in a nerdy kind of cool way.

    And of course DS is ready to step up to the plate.

    Hah hah, of course not.

    The spoilsports at the Government Accounting Office (GAO) said Wednesday that the DS nancy boys responsible for protecting US diplomats around the world are still not ready to assume all of their new security responsibilities in Iraq.

    Despite State planning to spend roughly $1.7 billion on security in Iraq this year, DS themselves “acknowledged they are not designed to assume the military’s mission in Iraq and will have to rely on its own resources and the assistance of the host country [yeah right, Iraq] to protect the US mission in the absence of the funding, personnel, equipment and protection formerly provided by the US military.”

    Among other tasks, the diplomats themselves will somehow be responsible for “downed aircraft recovery, explosives ordnance disposal, route clearance, and rocket and mortar countermeasures,” all of which they “have had little or no experience in providing.”

    The horrible death of a State contractor last week in Iraq may be a sad portent of things to come.

    Choose your Iraq assignments wisely and stay thirsty my friends.



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    • Consul-At-Arms said...

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      This is more than a little scary. It’s sort of like pulling all the occupation troops out of Germany after World War II, only with Nazis still in Poland and France.

      All due props to DS, this goes way beyond what anyone ever expected DS to do. Secure a reconstruction effort, diplomatic and consular missions in a war zone; all without military support. If they manage to do it at all, they still won’t be able to do it well.

      I’ve quietly asked fellow officers, from time to time, whether or not they were prepared to be on that embassy roof, waiting for that last chopper, a la Saigon.

      Perhaps that scenario should now be amended to omit the helicopter.

      I’ve quoted you and linked to you here: http://consul-at-arms2.blogspot.com/2011/07/re-state-still-not-prepared-to-bully.html

      07/18/11 1:13 AM | Comment Link

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