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Rumsfeld's Worst Offense
9/17/2006 03:56:00 PM | Nathan Empsall

Rumsfeld's Worst Offense

We all know that the Pentagon failed to adequately plan for a post-war Iraq - their plan, as is well known, was to be "welcomed as liberators" and have oil revenues pay for everything. We'd be there six months, tops.

Well, it turns out that things were even worse than we thought. Not only did Rumsfeld fail to plan for the war's aftermath, the Washington Post says, he went out of his way to BAN anyone else from doing so. The man was so strident that he refused to even allow others to consider the existence of a plan B. Is it humanly possible to be more arrogant than that?

You may not have heard about this; it was just a short brief in the Washington Post, and a political brief in the Post won't even get mentioned in most other papers.


Rumsfeld Forbade Planning For Postwar Iraq, General Says
Saturday, September 9, 2006; Washington Post, Page A07
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/08/AR2006090801797.html?sub=AR

Long before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld forbade military strategists to develop plans for securing a postwar Iraq, the retiring commander of the Army Transportation Corps said.

Brig. Gen. Mark E. Scheid told the Newport News Daily Press in an interview published yesterday that Rumsfeld had said "he would fire the next person" who talked about the need for a postwar plan.

Scheid was a colonel with the U.S. Central Command, the unit that oversees military operations in the Middle East, in late 2001 when Rumsfeld "told us to get ready for Iraq."
"The secretary of defense continued to push on us . . . that everything we write in our plan has to be the idea that we are going to go in, we're going to take out the regime, and then we're going to leave," Scheid said. "We won't stay."

Planners continued to try "to write what was called Phase 4" -- plans that covered post-invasion operations such as security, stability and reconstruction, said Scheid, who is retiring in about three weeks, but "I remember the secretary of defense saying that he would fire the next person that said that."



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