HUMANITARIAN RELIEF….One of the things that I’m less than sanguine about in postwar Iraq is the state of humanitarian relief, and it’s something I’m puzzled by. We’ve been planning this war for six months, it’s gone pretty much the way we expected, and yet we seem unprepared for the scale of humanitarian aid that’s required. Why?

It might be nothing more than the usual chaos at the beginning of any operation like this, but I wonder if there’s more to it. Did the Bush team expect that in the end they would get UN approval for this operation and that the UN would be doing the humanitarian followup? Perhaps when it finally became clear that UN approval wasn’t coming, they kicked off plans for the postwar relief efforts, but by then it was too late and Bush didn’t want to delay the war while the relief plans were ramped up.

Just a thought.