Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Now he tells us

This comes from the Times website this morning: "Ex-Overseer in Iraq Says U.S. 'Never Had Enough Troops.'" An excerpt:
October 5, 2004
Ex-Overseer in Iraq Says U.S. 'Never Had Enough Troops'

Filed at 1:40 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intervention in Iraq was hampered early on by a lack of adequate forces and efforts to contain looting after the ouster of Saddam Hussein, according to the former U.S. administrator in Iraq.

``We paid a big price for not stopping it because it established an atmosphere of lawlessness,'' Paul Bremer said in a speech reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday. ``We never had enough troops on the ground.''

Bremer's comments echoed charges by administration critics who argue that the U.S. government failed to plan adequately to maintain security in post-war Iraq, the newspaper said.

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