Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Bremer: Not enough troops

From the Washington Post:

"The former U.S. official who governed Iraq after the invasion said yesterday that the United States made two major mistakes: not deploying enough troops in Iraq and then not containing the violence and looting immediately after the ouster of Saddam Hussein...

"We paid a big price for not stopping it 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."

Bremer's comments were striking because they echoed contentions of many administration critics, including Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry, who argue that the U.S. government failed to plan adequately to maintain security in Iraq after the invasion."

Amongst administration critics, they should include generals who warned that we were going in with too few troops, but were forced to retire when they publicly question the administration's decisions. What kills me about this is that the media forgets to note that before the invasion, there were plenty of critics that questioned WMD, nuclear capabilities of Iraq, as well as number of troops. Over the weekend, for instance, the Sunday news programs were all buzzing with "news" that the nuclear capabilities attributed to Iraq were questioned by top scientists within the US. Hell, where have these idiots lived?!!? I knew about that and I learned about it reading the Seattle Times. It was also discussed on some of the squawking head shows on television. Apparently the media is trying to make up for their inept reporting during the way and attempting to put pressure on the administration today - after 1,000 American lives and many more Iraqi lives have been lost.

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