POSTWAR BLUES….A secret report prepared last month for the Pentagon gave the lowest possible grade to two aspects of the Iraq war: postwar planning and searching for WMD. Arthur Silber has the details, accompanied by some fair and balanced commentary.
The lousy postwar planning seems like simple arrogance and incompetence to me ? they figured they wouldn’t need it, so they ignored it ? but the lackadaisical nature of the WMD search is rather more puzzling. They surely took WMD seriously, so why the negligence? Was it that:
They were ? again ? incompetent?
They believed that WMD would be plentiful and easy to find, thus making extensive planning unnecessary?
They knew there was actually no WMD at all, so there was no reason to waste excess planning time on looking for it?
I genuinely don’t know which of these is most likely. It’s a real mystery.