Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Iraq war: A bad idea even with the right number of troops

Is the incompetence dodge still tenable?
1999 war games foresaw problems in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, and even then chaos might ensue.

In its "Desert Crossing" games, 70 military, diplomatic and intelligence officials assumed the high troop levels would be needed to keep order, seal borders and take care of other security needs.

The documents came to light Saturday through a Freedom of Information Act request by the George Washington University's National Security Archive, an independent research institute and library.

4 comments:

Aaron said...

clearly this document will settle the debate for good

Bret said...

sarcasm tag?

I think the status quo is that it was a bad idea.

Aaron said...

sorry, I forgot to include that.

and no doubt that everybody thinks that this was a bad decision, but I'm guessing that due time will probably reveal much, much greater depths to the administration's incompetence.

regardless, the distinction between bad execution and bad idea is pretty academic: the public is probably sour on wars of choice for a generation and we're still stuck trying to figure out how to get out of this while minimizing long-term damage to our interests in the region.

Aaron said...

http://www.newyorker.com/printables/talk/061120ta_talk_goldberg