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10/05/2004

Not Enough Troops for Invasion

Ambassador Bremer realizes, only about 17 months late, that the US invasion plans didn't include enough troops to secure the peace.

"We paid a big price for not stopping [looting] because it established an atmosphere of lawlessness," he said yesterday in a speech at an insurance conference in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. "We never had enough troops on the ground."
Yet Bremer still claims to "strongly support" President Bush's reelection. Bush has never acknowledged that there were inadequate troop levels, or that he was taken in by the shady huckster Chalabi, or the naifs in his Department of Defense and OVP. The way I see it, Bremer is then saying one of two things - either it's OK for Bush to continue lying about his poor planning (maybe a Straussian "noble lie?"), or it's OK to support for reelection a President hopelessly out of touch with reality. Bush hasn't learned from his mistakes, no one's been fired or held accountable in any way. How can Bremer ask people to continue dying for a mistake the President won't even admit to?

I suppose there could be an excuse for supporting the reelection of a hopeless naif - Bush won't be able to pursue any of his hapless adventurism because all of his toys have been put on the top shelf, stranded in Iraq in some sort of divine preemptive action against Bush's future follies. If this is Bremer's position, he is hopelessly underestimating Bush's devious creativity.

 

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