Talkin' trash to the garbage around me.

14 March, 2006

"An unbelievable mess"

According to memos written and delivered to British Prime Minister Tony Blair in May, 2003, and uncovered in The Guardian, re - The U.S. Occupation of Iraq: "No leadership, no strategy, no coordination, no structure and inaccessible to ordinary Iraqis."
The mistakes include:
  • A lack of interest by the US commander, General Tommy Franks, in the post-invasion phase.
  • The presence in the capital of the US Third Infantry Division, which took a heavyhanded approach to security.
  • Squandering the initial sympathy of Iraqis.
  • Bechtel, the main US civilian contractor, moving too slowly to reconnect basic services, such as electricity and water.
  • Failure to deal with health hazards, such as 40% of Baghdad's sewage pouring into the Tigris and rubbish piling up in the streets.
  • Sacking of many of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party, even though many of them held relatively junior posts.
Translation: A complete clusterfuck.

SusanG has more over at dkos.

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