Sunday, October 17, 2004

Extensive Knight-Ridder review finds Iraq post-war planning "non-existent" - Perhaps it's an obvious statement, but now there's actually a serious look as to whether there was any serious planning that had been followed. This is a great read, with gems such as: Army lieutenant colonel who was giving a briefing [on operation Iraq] showed a slide describing the Pentagon's plans for rebuilding Iraq after the war, known in the planners' parlance as Phase 4-C. He was uncomfortable with his material - and for good reason.

The slide said: "To Be Provided."
"We didn't go in with a plan. We went in with a theory," said a veteran State Department officer who was directly involved in Iraq policy.
BugMeNot, if needed.

v-twin sez: it's worth noting that knight-ridder was one of the few media outlets that greeted the build-up to war in iraq with some incredulity (compared to the free pass the nyt and others have since apologized for).


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