The Department of Deadwood
JD Johannes describes how bureaucracy makes it so hard to pay Iraqis for tips that mighty America is being outbid by insurgent groups. "To get some things done the request has to go through 15! steps of approval."
One Company Commander summed it up like this:
"They trust me with the lives of 100 men, humvees, weapons, ammo, civil affairs negotiations, classified intelligence, radios, everything. But I cannot be trusted with $20k worth of Dinar to hire a crew to build up an IP station?"
Which is interesting, because I keep hearing that the appeal of JAM and AQIZ is the money. I saw one sheet listing the rewards for tips. But the rewards were lower than what JAM and AQIZ pay. Is the coalition losing a bidding war?