All this talk lately of the silver bullet being the training of Iraqi forces to eventualy provide security for their own country, has got me thinking: whatever happened to the former Iraqi army? I can't stop thinking of what it would have been like for Iraq if Paul Bremer hadn't gone and fired all of them. These guys were a fairly well trained fighting force weren't they? The Republican Guard? If the United States had just made them happy by trippling their salary, wouldn't they had been able to provide the necessary security for Iraq, without having to go and start from scratch by training a totally new army? I wonder what has happened to all of them? Some of them have joined the Sunni insurgency I know, but what about the rest of them? I never hear anything about these guys anymore. Rumsfeld should have said: "You don't build a country with the army you wish you had, but the one you already have."