Trust Daniel Pipes to both infuriate and shock. Sadly, the US-backed Palestinian militias are essentially a police state in the making and a useful army to quash any resistance to American/Israeli designs on the Palestinian territories:
“The stupidest program the U.S. government has ever undertaken” – last year that’s what I called American efforts to improve the Palestinian Authority (PA) military force. Slightly hyperbolic, yes, but the description fits because those efforts enhance the fighting power of enemies of the United States and its Israeli ally.
Looking ahead, however, I predict that those troops will more likely be a war partner than a peace partner for Israel.