Thursday, October 09, 2003

The Fatal Flaw

So, plenty of people, especially Steve Gilliard, have made this point over and over, but this Frontline show really makes clear where the Bushies went wrong on this. The entire post-war plan was premised on the idea that they'd chop off the head, and the body would continue to function under new control. But, due to pressure from Chalabi and Wolfowitz of Arabia, etc..., they thought they had to purge all Baathist remnants - most of whom were just technocrats, or military grunts. This action made their strategy, which may or may not have worked otherwise, logically inconsistent.