Friday, July 11, 2003

"Give Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz the boot." H.D.S. Greenway explains why this morning in a column in the Boston Globe:

The Pentagon seems to have believed that Iraqi army units and policemen would come over to the American side with their forces intact and begin working for the Americans. It seems not to have occurred to them that another scenario might unfold, that the soldiers and police would simply melt away and that chaos would take over. The great failure of Pentagon planning was that there was no Plan B if Plan A failed. After trying to run Iraq on the cheap, Rumsfeld this week doubled his estimates for the cost of maintaining troops in Iraq.

Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz aren't going anywhere, but that doesn't mean Greenway is wrong.

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