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March 19, 2010

Condi says she'd invade Iraq again, only focus aid outside Baghdad

Like other senior Bush administration officials, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice thinks that invading Iraq was the right thing to do and she would do it all over again if she had to.

"I would many times over liberate Iraq again from Saddam Hussein," Rice was quoted as telling an audience on Friday at the Chinese University of Hong Kong by the Associated Press. "I think he was a danger to the Middle East."

The only thing she would do differently, she said, would be to focus the massive U.S.-led reconstruction effort outside of Baghdad.

"We tried to rebuild Iraq from Baghdad out, and really should have rebuilt Iraq from outside Baghdad in," she said. "We should have worked with the tribes, worked in the provinces.

Wouldn't she also question the intelligence on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs and ties to al Qaida much more critically next time around?

Or perhaps Ms. Rice didn't read a recently declassified 2006 study by U.S. Joint Forces Command of the turbulent period that followed the fall of Baghdad in April 2003.

The study, entitled "Transition in Iraq: Changing Environment, Changing Organizations, Changing Leadership" and obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Federation of American Scientists, confirmed that the Bush administration's post-invasion planning was riddled with flaws.

It found that the plan for coordinating U.S. military and civilian efforts to stabilize Iraq following Saddam's ouster was not available until after the invasion began and that the steps it outlined were not followed. Among other things, the plan called for "reform of the Iraqi military vice disillusion of the Iraqi military."

"The transition that occurred was not the one that was planned," it said.

Moreover, assumptions underpinning the plan were unrealistically rosy, the study found.

The plan called for the withdrawal of the U.S.-led invasion force within two months, employing the U.S. troops who replaced it for only 120 days, and establishing "a functioning government within 30-60 days."

An "insufficient and untimely availability of resources," including shortages of personnel, communications and intelligence capabilities, "impeded (the) effectiveness of post-combat operations and contributed to a difficult transition," the study said.

As it is known seven years and tens of thousands of Iraqi and American casualties later, difficult is an understatement.

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stew

well by jingo let her get started, I'll wait here when she does.

ibsteve2u

Your comment made me laugh, borisjimbo.

I think it would be a suicide mission, personally. Condi was perfect for PNAC because while she had lots of smarts, she had no common sense and is fairly well isolated from reality.

If you do walk sweep for her, stay well back as she's sure to stomp right down the middle of the road, absolutely convinced that the rightness of her mission and her relationship with God will protect her.

Notwithstanding all those little wires going into those piles of 150mm shells she has to weave around.

Charleyboy

Condi Rice has got be one of the most inept Secretary of State and National Security Advisor the U.S. has ever had. Not only did she and her little band of miscreants headed by Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfield, Feith and Addington committed war crimes but they have given Iraq to Iran through their plan for a new America. You know Dr. Rice that Monday morning quarterbacking doesn't work in life, especially when you squandered so many American lives with your stupid war. How many soldiers who have been horrible wounded, not including all the Iraq people whose lives were totally destroyed by you people in the Ivory White towers. Was it worth it?

MidwayShipmate

She and the cowards she worked and lied for will never admit that Iraq is an Illegal war strictly for the oil and other profiteers. She and her coward, treasonous, war criminals are making too much money off this awful war. They should all be in prison.

borisjimbo

Well Condi if you're willing to walk point I'll be willing to walk sweep for you.

Maurice Bailey

Even when they are dead wrong they wont admit it.I am amazed at how arrogant these
Neo cons are.I dont think thay are being patrioctic at all It seems like the welfare of America and American are simply not a part of thier agenda.I am truly ashamed of Condi Rice.

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