Sunday, June 29, 2008
Nothin' Gets Past These Guys!
The United States Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has released a history of the Iraq war during the period from May 2003 to January 2005. Donald P. Wright, Col. Timothy R. Reese and the Army's Contemporary Operations Study Team concluded:
The transition to a new campaign was not well thought out, planned for, and prepared for before it began. Additionally, the assumptions about the nature of post-Saddam Iraq on which the transition was planned proved to be largely incorrect.
Well, at least the Army's hindsight is 20/20.
So what we have is a Republican administration that couldn't plan its way out of a paper bag; that won a war nobody thought we could lose but lost the peace; and which has been expending an immense amount of treasure, thousands of American lives and untold numbers of Iraqi lives, while breaking our Army in the process, to try to make up for the fact that they're stupid.
Remind me again why people think that Republicans are better on foreign affairs and national security ...
There's one consolation in all of the ineptitude: at least I don't have to eat crow on the Iraq War.
I have little hope that the public will catch on to the fact that a president's preferred political organization is a poor predictor of his (or, soon, her) capabilities at foreign affairs (or anything much else).