August 28, 2003

Is It Perfect Yet?

Every time I read something like this:

Top Bush administration officials grudgingly acknowledge that their post-Saddam Hussein plan for rebuilding Iraq has been substantially flawed on the security front.

Some defense officials said privately in interviews that the plan in place for security after Baghdad's fall has been an utter failure. They said it failed to predict any significant resistance from Saddam loyalists, much less the deadly combination of Ba'athist holdouts and foreign terrorists preying daily on American troops.

"Every briefing on postwar Iraq I attended never mentioned any of this," said a civilian policy adviser.

I am reminded of the moment in The Killing Fields when Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) is challenged about his reporting concerning American actions in Southeast Asia, especially in comparison to the atrocities committed in Cambodia, and he replies (paraphrasing), "Well, maybe I just underestimated how crazy dropping 30 million pounds of bombs could make a country."

Posted by Charles Austin at August 28, 2003 02:18 PM