...Two steps back. In this case two battalions back:
The number of Iraqi army battalions that can fight insurgents without U.S. and coalition help has dropped from three to one, top U.S. generals told Congress yesterday, adding that the security situation in Iraq is too uncertain to predict large-scale American troop withdrawals anytime soon.
We now have less Iraq troops that can fight on thier own now then we did a few months ago. Less, not more. We have 140,000 troops in Iraq. The goal is to replace them with Iraqi troops. A battalion is about 1,000 troops. That's all we have managed to train in two years of occupation. At this rate we will be able to bring the troops home in 280 years!