November 29, 2007

And then we'll hold Pashtu language classes in Waziristan

Abu Muqawama saw this press release via Small Wars Journal, but what really caught his eye was the dateline:

ZARQA, Jordan (Army News Service, Nov. 28, 2007) - Arabic cultural-awareness training from Third U.S. Army/U.S. Army Central and the Jordanian Armed Forces is now available to all American service-members.

More than 600 service-members will be able to attend the annual training at the Peace Operation Training Center in Jordan Feb. 17 to Mar. 27 in support of the Central Command Theater Support Cooperation Program, at little or no cost to their units. The training is an integral part of the U.S. Army Forces Command training strategy for Soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said.

Oh, the irony! This man must be spinning in his grave that U.S. Army soldiers are being taught how to be better counterinsurgents in his home-freaking-town!