Bush puts Saddam back in power because a number of top brass from Iraq's Baathist former regime would shortly be appointed to "key positions in the ministry of defence and the Iraqi joint staff and in Iraqi field commands. Meaning the 'tough' guys involved in torture, gasing, ... All in the name of democraty, pacification and freedom, but ethics? Iraqi officers 'refused to fight' http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3621369.stm Many newly-trained Iraqi police and army personnel refused to fight Shia and Sunni rebels in the recent unrest, the head of US Central Command says. Gen John Abizaid said this was a "great disappointment" - and announced the coalition would draw top officers from the disbanded army of Saddam Hussein. The creation of a new Iraqi army that can follow orders is seen as key to America's withdrawal plans from Iraq. The US had barred officers from Saddam Hussein's era serving in the military. Uneasy truce The reversal of policy follows a week of violence in Iraq, in which US forces faced armed opponents in Sunni-dominated zones, as well as in some formerly friendly Shia-majority cities. Gen Abizaid said a number of Iraqi police and civil defence corps staff "did not stand up to the intimidators" during the unrest. His comments follow reports that a newly-trained battalion of the Iraqi army refused to support US forces as they besieged Sunni insurgents in the flashpoint city of Falluja. It was also reported that some members of Baghdad's new police force turned against US soldiers during last week's clashes in the Shia neighbourhood of Sadr city. "Clearly we know that some of the police did not stay with their posts and that in some cases, because we've seen films of policemen with Sadr's militia in particular, that there were some defections," Gen Abizaid said. He said their numbers were not large but they were "troubling" to the coalition. But he qualified his criticism by saying the US was largely "proud" of the way many of the new recruits had fought. The US has trained at least 200,000 Iraqis to serve as police officers, soldiers and border guards in the last year. Gen Abizaid said some problems would remain until more Iraqis occupied command positions in the new army and police. A number of top brass from Iraq's Baathist former regime would shortly be appointed to "key positions in the ministry of defence and the Iraqi joint staff and in Iraqi field commands", the top officer announced. "It's also very clear we've got to get more senior Iraqis involved - former military types involved in the security forces." ----- http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nati...9_troops13.html U.S. commanders in Baghdad said yesterday they will reach out to former senior members of Saddam Hussein's disbanded army to try to stiffen Iraqi security forces. U.S. officials have sought to avoid relying on former senior members of the Iraq army that existed under Saddam. But Abizaid indicated this approach would change. "It's also very clear that we've got to get more senior Iraqis involved, former military types involved in the security forces," he said. "In the next couple of days, you'll see a large number of senior officers being appointed to key positions in the ministry of defense and the Iraqi joint staff and in Iraqi field commands." "The truth of the matter is that until we get well-formed Iraqi chains of command" for the police and the new army, "it's going to be tough to get them to perform at the level we want," Abizaid said. The four-star general tempered his criticism, however, by stressing that many Iraqis have served valiantly alongside U.S. forces and many have died. "We're extremely proud of the way that many of them have fought," he said. ---- So top-guys of Saddam will be BACK IN POWER , and of course they are still loyal to Saddam ... which makes that Bush put's back former CIA-agent Saddam in power. BTW Saddam is now living in Qatar in US largest and most heavily fortified Gulf outpost and that makes secret negotiations much easier.