03/31/2008 04:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reading The Pictures: The Mighty U.S. Trained And Supported Iraqi Army


If the U.S. general public was tuning in at all to the current goings-on in Iraq, this image alone could blow a major hole in the administration's rationale for being there.

After $22 billion spent training the Iraqi army, how does Team Petraeus justify the sight of Iraqi Security forces -- within days of launching an all-out attack on the Mahdi -- turning over their weapons to officials of Muqtada al-Sadr in exchange for Korans and olive branches?

And by the way, even if few Americans ever see the picture of these forty soldiers giving it up, you can bet (if you notice the guy taking video) that the Iraqi public is getting an eye full.

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(image: Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images. Sadr City. March 30, 2008.