Comments: Cynicism In Search Of A Soapbox

The State Department put together a very realist post-war plan for Iraq that was approved by Jay Garner, the retired general who was the first leader of the reconstruction. He was replaced because he started talking reality and the job was given to Bremer.

Chalabi, who hadn't been in Iraq for decades was viewed as the 'expert' on Iraq and the current non-plan is the result.

If the uniformed military had actually been allowed to plan this operation, the language school would have been putting through the maximum number of Arabic linguists and the civil affairs, engineering types would have been the second wave. There would have been no looting tolerated, the weapons dumps would have been destroyed, and at a minimum the Iraqi army would have had to formally surrender.

Posted by Bryan at April 27, 2004 07:16 PM

That's the kind of thing I find infuriating. Yes, of course there are people in Washington with the knowledge and the history to put something like this together, but it can't be done overnight (or even in a month) and they have to be given the power to do it, instead of being upstaged by late-comers.

Posted by Anne at April 28, 2004 02:37 PM