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    Saturday, October 16, 2004

    Plan for peace in Iraq? Who needs it 

    Ohioans and others whose newspapers don't subscribe to the Knight Ridder Newspapers-Tribune news service should not miss a three-day Knight Ridder special report on the United States failure to plan for peace in Iraq. The compelling report from Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott began today and will continue tomorrow and Monday. You can read it here.

    The conclusion: ``The United States led the invasion without a comprehensive plan to deal with the war's aftermath.'' The Bush administration's lack of planning - or, more accurately, an unwillingness to implement plans that were made - resulted from ``wishful thinking, bad information from Iraqi exiles who said Iraqis would welcome American troops as liberators, and contempt for dissenting opinions.'' Prudence and caution were thrown to the desert wind, the
    warnings of the U.S.'s own generals ignored. The news is not new and many of the sources cannot speak for attribution for fear of retaliation, but anyone who hopes to understand the U.S. situation in Iraq would benefit by reading this series. Monday's segment will deal with U.S. options: withdraw, escalate or hope Iraqis will be able to solve the problems we helped to create. Understanding Iraq remains a focal point of the presidential election and will turn swing state votes.



    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:54 AM



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