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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Flashback 2003: “Major Combat Operations in the 'Unbelievable Mess' of Iraq Have Ended”

From The Guardian:

“John Sawers, Mr Blair's envoy in Baghdad in the aftermath of the invasion, sent a series of confidential memos to Downing Street in May and June 2003 cataloguing US failures. With unusual frankness, he described the US postwar administration, led by the retired 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.’

“That assessment is reinforced by Major General Albert Whitley, the most senior British officer with the US land forces. Gen Whitley, in another memo later that summer, expressed alarm that the US-British coalition was in danger of losing the peace. ‘We may have been seduced into something we might be inclined to regret. Is strategic failure a possibility? The answer has to be ‘yes’,” he concluded.”

Hmm…What else happened in May of 2003? Oh, yeah…now I remember:


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2 Comments:

At 7:44 AM, Blogger Jill said...

yeah, now look at the swamp we're in.

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger lee said...

It's a swamp, all right...and I have no idea how we're going to get our young men and women out of it any time soon.

 

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