Powered by WebAds

Thursday, March 25, 2010

'Palestinians' pushing Dayton out

I have discussed many times on this blog the so-called 'Dayton forces,' the 'Palestinians' trained by US General Keith Dayton to 'fight terror.' Ultimately, of course, there is little doubt that the Dayton forces will constitute the nucleus of a 'Palestinian army' and will be used to fight Israel.

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) reports that the 'Palestinians' are now trying to move the process of converting the Dayton forces into an army along. The 'Palestinians' have marginalized Dayton, and are now trying to bring American training and supervision to an end altogether (of course, without ending American funding). The 'Palestinians' want to use their army as they see fit.
Fairly authoritative sources have noted that Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, the U.S. Army general responsible for training Abu Mazen's Palestinian security force/army, has become increasingly marginalized by the Fatah government. Last summer his staff was reportedly no longer directly involved in training or planning and had been "expelled" from the Palestinian Authority (PA) "Strategic Planning Department." Then came news that American DynCorp International's contract for training and mentoring Palestinian forces had not been renewed. Now, another shoe has dropped.

According to Janes' Defence Weekly as reported by wire services, the PA has drafted a plan to end American training and supervision of the force entirely. "Dayton's role would be limited to bringing money and equipment for the security forces. He would not deal with PA operations or deployment," a Palestinian official was reported to have said. "Officials said the PA leadership...determined that U.S. intervention was hampering security force development and undermining the legitimacy of the regime."

We suspect that Lt. Gen. Dayton would retire rather than be in that position, but that would suit the PA as well. He has already done the job they wanted done. He's built their army and now they want to use it as they see fit.
What could go wrong?


At 4:16 PM, Blogger Y.K. said...

I hope the PA completely succeeds in pushing Dayton away. First, the PA forces are in all likelihood not as skilled as they might think they are. Without foreign help, they'll fall (further) into the corruption and ills which explain why Arabs lose wars (re: Kenneth Pollack's work). Second, they'd lose advocates in the west which had an financial interest in them.


Post a Comment

<< Home