Friday, October 01, 2004

Rehire Iraqi army?

Jordan wants Saddam's Iraqi army rehired:

Jordan's foreign minister said Thursday that the multinational effort to train Iraqi security forces was not producing nearly as many troops and police officers as needed, and he urged that Saddam Hussein's disbanded army be rehired.

Offering a more pessimistic assessment than U.S. or Iraqi officials, Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher said the effort to train recruits in Jordan and Iraq, though key, "obviously is not enough."

"The process of training new people is taking a long time … you're just not able to produce enough in the time allotted," he told reporters during a U.S. visit. "We believe the time has come to bring back the army."