This week, the British government released the Chilcot report on British involvement in the Iraq war. As the person who headed up the post-war transition and reconstruction efforts, I agree with much of it.
John Chilcot, who was tasked with producing the report, notes that British prewar planning was “inadequate” and blames many post-conflict difficulties on this lack of preparation.
The same can be said of American planning.
Our planners assumed that after Saddam Hussein’s overthrow, we would face the same problems we faced after the first Gulf War in 1991 — large-scale refugee movements, destroyed oil facilities. This left us unprepared for the different challenges we faced.… Seguir leyendo »