The LAT reports that the Iraqi government is considering doing serious layoffs. I have no doubt the government is full is slacker workers and plenty of others who don't show up. Still, in the midst of a growing insurgency, creating thousands of pissed-off unemployed men seems like Bad Idea Jeans. But what really caught my eye is this bit buried deep down:
On Sunday, members of Iraq's elite police commando units, heralded by U.S. and Iraqi officials as a key to stemming the insurgency, staged a protest outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, saying they hadn't been paid in four months, witnesses said.
WTF? Now, there are all sorts of commando units out there. But anybody heard reports of this before? Swopa? Praktike?