Det vitner om at ting ikke går den riktige veien når to amerikanske topp-generaler kritiserer politikken med ikke å bruke irakiske offiserer og tidligere medlemmer av Baath-partiet.

Ikke bare går amerikanerne glipp av kvalifisert personell, utestengningen skaper frustrasjon, isolasjon og marginalisering av mennesker som har betydd noe.

…….their remarks reflect a growing anger and frustration among many senior United States commanders that the policy is excluding many of the skilled Iraqi professionals needed to help the country’s political and economic reconstruction,

«There are a number of Sunnis who are very good, courageous and determined people, who, if given a chance, would be part of the solution in Iraq,» said one of the generals, Maj. Gen. John R. S. Batiste, commander of the First Infantry Division, at his headquarters here in one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces overlooking the Tigris River. «They would be schoolteachers. They would be engineers.»

General Batiste also said there were a «huge number» of former Iraqi military officers who have been «completely marginalized» by the decision last year by L. Paul Bremer III, Iraq’s civilian administrator, to disband the Iraqi Army. «These are proud officers with enormous energy and capability,» General Batiste said. «If we harness their capability, it’d be a good thing.»

In Mosul, where 60 percent of the city’s 1.8 million residents are Sunni, the other general, Brig. Gen. Carter F. Ham said, «I’d like to see a policy that deals with individual cases rather than have a blanket policy.»

General Ham, who commands nearly 20,000 American and Iraqi forces in the north, said the «de-Baathification» policy has caused many Sunnis to feel «disenfranchised» from the emerging Iraqi government. «That creates a somewhat destabilizing effect,» he said.

Of Iraq’s 25 million people, about 2.5 million belonged to the Baath Party during Mr. Hussein’s rule. After the fall of his government, Mr. Bremer and the Iraqi Governing Council decreed that the top three levels of the party membership could not be on the government payroll. More than 120,000 people lost their jobs.

Chalabi protesterte
Bremer har forsøkt å være mer fleksibel, men har møtt protester fra the Iraqi Governing Council, særlig fra Ahmed Chalabi.

FN-utsendingen Lakhdar Brahimi påpekte sløsingen med arbeidskraft nylig:

«It is difficult to understand that thousands upon thousands of professionals who are sorely needed have been dismissed within the de-Baathification process.»

U.S. Generals Fault Ban on Hussein’s Party

Published: April 21, 2004

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