Is John Nagl an Iranian Agent?
Counterinsurgent extraordinaire John Nagl has long been promoting the idea that the U.S. Army needs a corps of advisers to train foreign militaries. The most compelling point of the idea could be summed up as follows: the more we get them to do, the less we have to do. It’s a disputable point, but certainly one worth debating. However, Nagl’s proposal seems to have gotten more traction in Tehran than in Washington.
Deep in the guts of Michael Gordon’s New York Times piece about Iranian assistance to Iraqi Shiite militias — laundered through Hezbollah — is this:
In a possible effort to be less obtrusive, it appears that Iran is now bringing small groups of Iraqi Shiite militants to camps in Iran, where they are taught how to do their own training, American officials say.
The militants then return to Iraq to teach comrades how to fire rockets and mortars, fight as snipers or assemble explosively formed penetrators, a particularly lethal type of roadside bomb made of Iranian components, according to American officials. The officials describe this approach as “training the trainers.”
To which the anonymous counterinsurgent known as Dr. iRack remarks:
Hey John, at least the Iranians have been reading your stuff!
I think under the terms of this power-abusing executive order, Nagl’s financial assets could be seized.