Sunday, May 02, 2004

"Yes, everything Carl said is right" 

Carl Levin, D-Michigan, had this so say on Late Edition:

This administration ignored the advice that came from a very detailed study inside the State Department; did not even involve our uniformed military in the planning for the aftermath of the removal of Saddam Hussein. We got that directly from General Tommy Franks when Senator Warner and I met him, that the uniform military was not involved in planning the aftermath.

So this was left to some of the civilian leaders in the Pentagon, who thought we were just going to have a cakewalk, we were going to be greeted with flowers. And that lack of planning, it seems to me, is one of the reasons that we're in such a difficult situation that we're in now.

This I think puts this argument we have been having to rest. The lack of planning, the aftermath is wholly the responsibility of the civilian leadership in this administration. By extension, George Fucking W. Bush. It is his responsibility, his appointments, his failure to appoint new people. You might be wondering whether this outrage is really true, I'll let Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska, a very respected moderate Republican) tell us...

BLITZER: Senator Hagel, do you agree? [with Levin's previous statement]
HAGEL: Well, as you know, Wolf, I was one of the first to warn about some of these potential problems, lack of planning, so I generally have agreed with what Carl Levin said and still do.

But the fact is, we are where we are. The fact is that we're going to have to work our way through this. The fact is that we are going to have to bring in the U.N., which many of us said before we went in should have happened. The planning should have been there.

Yes, everything Carl said is right. But how now do we take what we have where we are and get through this? Because we have so much riding on this, our own security, our own future, the Middle East, the Israeli/Palestinian issue is woven into this.

Do you believe this? The entire aftermath of Iraq was not planned with the input of the "knowledgeable" and "experienced" men in the uniformed military. This is Bush's responsibility. Apparently he felt he knew better than the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff. I agree with Hagel that the stakes are high. Too bad Bush felt he could "delegate" to his Dept. of Defense, the cabal of rosy scenario aficionados.

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