Missouri’s leader in Congress on defense issues says he is disheartened by the inability to build a strong security force in Iraq. Congressman Ike Skelton of Lexington is disappointed that only five-thousand soldiers have been trained for the Iraqi security force in the last year. He says more trainers are needed and more Iraqis need to be found who want to have a free country and will be willing to help protect the democracy this country hoipes to install there. Skelton thinks NATO’s offer to send in trainers should be more vigorously accepted. He admits there is a problem with finding quality Iraqi soldiers. And he’s dismayed by one trainer’s reported description of recruits as “preschoolers with guns.” He says it’s easy to think that American forces will have to be in Iraq a long time before Iraqis are capable of handling their own security.
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