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drgoodword
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posted 21 March 2006 07:01 AM      Profile for drgoodword   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From the SF Gate:

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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.'"



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quelar
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posted 21 March 2006 09:31 AM      Profile for quelar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gee really? There was no plan?

I'm shocked.


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unionist
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posted 21 March 2006 09:45 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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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Doug
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posted 23 March 2006 06:47 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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.


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