An American government report has highlighted that 190,000 weapons have been lost in Iraq since 2003. These include 110,000 AK 47 assault rifles and 80,000 pistols. In addition some 135,000 pieces of body armour and 115,000 helmets have also vanished, again perhaps to end up in the hands of insurgents.
So who was in charge of this incompetence policy of losing weapons on a mass scale ? Surely they have been sacked of punished in some way ? Er, no.
In the two years under scrutiny, the programme was headed by General David Petraeus, now the top US commander in Iraq, in charge of the the US troop "surge" with President George Bush now lauding his talents on an almost daily basis.