Iraqi Police Get Chewed Out by US Soldier

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOXF0gumB40#t=100
Interesting video. This US soldier is working to train the Iraqi police, a largely thankless job that doesn’t seem to have done much good. He is calling the police of being a bunch of cowards who will not fight for their country and would just as soon have the Americans fight and die in their stead.
He asks them to take off three miles down the road in a certain direction, where he says they are certain to meet the rebels fighting the government. They won’t take him up on his offer. Then he asks them how many of them are members of Mahdi Army or another Shia militia. He accuses them of being more loyal to their sect or the Mahdi Army than they are to Iraq. It is probably a valid charge. In these parts of the world, people are loyal to a sect, a religion, a tribe. Loyal to a completely abstract nation state? Not really.

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13 thoughts on “Iraqi Police Get Chewed Out by US Soldier”

  1. I honestly don’t blame them. It was America’s war. Not theirs. There was no fighting before the Americans invaded for no reason anyone can fathom.
    Besides, the idiot U.S Army major is talking to the Iraqis like he would address a crowd of second rate American GI’s…Different culture. That kind of yelling actually has the reverse effect in the Middle East.

    1. “There was no fighting before the Americans invaded for no reason anyone can fathom.”
      lol
      This reminded me of a piece of dialogue that is barely related at all but I’m going to quote the whole thing anyway:
      George: The war started because of the vile Hun and his villainous empire-building!
      Blackadder: George, the British Empire at present covers a quarter of the globe, while the German Empire consists of a small sausage factory in Tanganyika. I hardly think we can be entirely absolved from blame on the imperialistic front.
      George: Oh… Oh no, sir! Absolutely not! [quietly to Baldrick] Mad as a bicycle!
      Baldrick: I heard that it started when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich ’cause he was hungry.
      Blackadder: I think you mean it started when the Archduke of Austro-Hungary got shot.
      Baldrick: Nah, there was definitely an ostrich involved, sir.
      Blackadder: Well, possibly. But the real reason for the whole thing was that it was too much effort not to have a war.
      George: By Gum, this is interesting! I always loved history. The Battle of Hastings, Henry VIII and his six knives and all that!
      Blackadder: You see, Baldrick, in order to prevent a war in Europe, two super blocs developed: us, the French and the Russians on one side; and the Germans and Austro-Hungary on the other. The idea was to have two vast, opposing armies, each acting as the other’s deterrent. That way, there could never be a war.
      Baldrick: Except, well, this is sort of a war, isn’t it?
      Blackadder: That’s right. There was one tiny flaw in the plan.
      George: Oh, what was that?
      Blackadder: It was bollocks.
      Baldrick: So the poor old ostrich died for nothing!

    1. “I’m free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally” -WC Fields.
      And a bonus one form him:
      “A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money”.

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