Report shows US Government dropped the ball on war and rebuilding process

December 15, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – An official federal document studying the conflict in Iraq has been released, and is circling through Washington to be viewed by officials prior to publication. The 513-page report cites critical errors of how the rebuilding process, and well as the intelligence aspect of the war, was handled.

According to the report, Pentagon planners were reluctant and “hostile” to the idea of rebuilding another country, even though we were to blame for the destruction in the first place, and this unwillingness to begin rebuilding caused a $100 billion failure to manage funds.

It also states that a lack of knowledge of Iraqi culture, and a total ignorance of their society caused further rifts in a campaign that was flawed from the first strike.

Another startling revelation comes from the Pentagon, where it has been reported that they actually made up numbers that were inflated to show exaggerated threats from Iraqi security forces to help cover up failures.

“The Pentagon kept inventing numbers of Iraqi security forces — the number would jump 20,000 a week! ‘We now have 80,000, we now have 100,000, we now have 120,000,’” the report quoted Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State that was ousted from his position after he disagreed one to many times with the moves of the Bush administration.

This allegation has been heavily backed by other members of the military, such as Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, a former troop commander in Iraq, and L. Paul Bremer III, former civilian administrator prior to the Iraqi government take over in 2004.

$117 billion has been spent on sub-par rebuilding efforts, $50 billion of which went to tax payer money, and yet hardly anything has been done to compensate for much more then what was directly destroyed during out air strikes and attacks to the region. This speaks of nothing to the insurgents attacks which have caused quite a bit of damage to what was built, and left standing.

while President Bush hopes to leave a legacy as a liberator, the report is probably the real legacy of this administration, blunders and ill conceived plans based on false information that put us in a quagmire that may bite this country for years to come.


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