Battlepanda: Oh well...


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Oh well...

Remember the one lone battalion that was capable of operating alone in Iraq? Nevermind. They just got downgraded to a level 2.

Kevin Drum have some astute observations -- we seem to have a heck of a lot of level two battalions. Is it too cynical to note that level two is the top level you can "achieve" without being expected to operate independently?
I suspect it's fairly easy to fudge the difference between level 2 and level 3. But you can't do that with level 1. A battalion can either operate on its own or it can't. The fact that not one single level 2 battalion has made it to level 1 in the past year suggests that perhaps games are being played with the level 2 designation.

So basically, take any boasting about how many level two battalions we've trained with a pinch of salt -- like any boasting about how many #3s of Al Qaida we've killed.

Of course, I guess this is becoming increasingly moot with the prospects of all-out civil war in Iraq. As Drum also observed, the armies are mostly loyal to local theocrats anyhoo.