Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

When will the liberal wimps and weenies realize that post-invasion Iraq is going swimmingly? 

Thw WP has a teaser for a longer Atlantic Monthly article: "Twice -- in May of 2002 and January of 2003 -- the CIA held war game exercises designed to plan for postwar problems. Pentagon officials attended the early sessions but then their superiors in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) ordered them to stop going."

For an anecdotal inside view of the reconstruction foibles, check out George Packer's "War After the War" essay in The New Yorker. It's based on a series of interviews with Andrew P. N. Erdmann, the US occupation's first acting Minister of Higher Education: "You had Iraqis just showing up at work, hoping that someone from the coalition would stop at their ministry, and saying, 'Welcome. Take me to your leader,' ... No joke! It was like, 'I represent the Grand Galactic Federation.'" He cupped his hands around his mouth to make a ghostly echo. "'Who are you? And what is your position?' Then they’d tell you their job, and then it's like, 'What the hell is that?'"

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