Saturday, September 09, 2006

Failing to plan is planning to fail

It’s not that Rumsfeld had a poor plan for post-war Iraq, it’s that he intentionally failed to plan at all.

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.

Kevin Drum and Michael Stickings have more.

– Steve Benen, The Carpetbagger Report

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