Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Surge Outpost

Here's an interesting article from the Post last week.

Here's what I find interesting:
Abu Ameer [the caretaker of the gym the soldiers were moving into]paced around aimlessly. Lacking an interpreter on their first night at the gym, the soldiers had no way of communicating with him.

Why would they not have an interpreter? The soldiers thought there was no electricity in the building. Mr. Ameer turned it on. The soldiers decided that was a bad idea. If they had had an interpreter present, the interpreter could have asked Mr. Ameer to turn the lights off. Instead the soldiers had to break into the electrical room. It seems that planning is lacking even on the basic level for the surge. How is this going to work?

1 comment:

Arthur Schenck said...

Why would they not have an interpreter?

Well, I don't know about this particular case, but it can't have helped that they discharged dozens of Arabic speaking soldiers under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.