AQ Recruiting Problems

Al-Qaeda video shows boys training to kill, kidnap

When the US military begins accepting more men without high school diplomas than it did previously, it’s reported as a sure sign that it’s getting more difficult to convince educated men to join up.

So when terrorists begin recruiting and training little boys, isn’t it a sure sign that the terrorists are having to lower their own standards, possibly because we’re killing all of their trained men and they’re having difficulties recruiting replacements?

A video that shows young boys being trained in kidnapping and assassination was discovered during a raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

The video shows about 20 boys wearing ski masks and carrying pistols, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. In some cases the weapons appear to dwarf the youngsters carrying them.

As has been noted before, you attrit your own forces badly when a primary method of attack is the suicide bomb. Facing US troops in battle doesn’t usually lead to a long and productive military career, either.

It’s almost like the odds are stacked against the bad guys, or something.

UPDATE: More here.