L. Paul Bremer, who led the civilian occupation authority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, told NBC-TV that the United States did not anticipate the insurgency in the country, the network said yesterday.
Bremer, interviewed about his book on Iraq, recounted the decision to disband the Iraqi army quickly after the U.S. arrival in Baghdad, a move many experts consider a major miscalculation. When asked who was to blame for the deaths of thousands of Iraqis and Americans after the official end of combat, he said, “We really didn’t see the insurgency coming,” NBC said in a news release.
I’m just a blogger and a biologist. I’ve never planned for the occupation of a Middle Eastern nation. Nonetheless, I predicted that the invasion would be quick but the occupation would be marred by an ongoing insurgency.
Of course there would be an insurgency.
How fucking stupid would you have to be not to expect it?
Upon recognizing the problem:
Bremer said he raised his concerns about the numbers and quality of forces with President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and senior military officials.
Bremer said that he did everything he could do in Iraq and that “the president, in the end, is responsible for making decisions,” according to the network.
While I’m glad to lay plenty of blame on Bremer for ditching what Jay Garner had been working on to reintegrate the Iraqi army into society, he’s right that blame on this scale flows up the hierarchy to President George “Where’s the exit?” Bush.
These decisions have consequences: