quote:The book is making news in the U.K. because of a series of confidential memos that it cites, documents that the British diplomat John Sawers sent to Prime Minister Tony Blair in the months just after the U.S.-led Iraq invasion. Sawers was Britain's senior envoy to Iraq at the time. "With unusual frankness, he described the U.S. postwar administration, led by the retired [American] general Jay Garner, as 'an unbelievable mess' and said, 'Garner and his top team of 60-year-old retired generals' were 'well-meaning but out of their depth.'" (Guardian)
Major General Albert Whitley, Britain's most senior officer on the ground with the American forces during the war's early phase, also communicated with Blair's government during the summer of 2003. Corroborating Sawers' criticisms, Whitley wrote: "We may have been seduced into something we might be inclined to regret. Is strategic failure a possibility? The answer has to be 'yes.'"
posted 21 March 2006 09:31 AM
Gee really? There was no plan?
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posted 21 March 2006 09:45 AM
I'm trying to squeeze out some surprise, or some sympathy, for the fact that the U.S. had no clear plan for enslaving the Iraqi people after an initial people of bombing and killing them.
The absence of a U.S. plan is more than being compensated by an emerging plan by the Iraqi people. Read the news every day. They are fighting the occupiers and their puppets, at tremendous risk and with a great spirit of self-sacrifice.
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posted 23 March 2006 06:47 PM
quote:Originally posted by unionist: The absence of a U.S. plan is more than being compensated by an emerging plan by the Iraqi people. Read the news every day. They are fighting the occupiers and their puppets, at tremendous risk and with a great spirit of self-sacrifice.
I'm not sure that that accurately describes what's going on. There IS that, but there's more. There's a struggle for supremacy among ethnic groups, which was bound to happen after the demise of the Baathist regime. Something else the US didn't prepare for.