Occupation Plan for Iraq Faulted in Army History
The decision reflected the assumption by General Franks, the top American commander for the Iraq invasion, that the major fighting was over. But according to an Army history that is to be made public on Monday, the move put the military effort in the hands of a short-staffed headquarters led by a newly promoted three-star general, and was made over the objections of the Army’s vice chief of staff.
“The move was sudden and caught most of the senior commanders in Iraq unaware,” states the history, which adds that the new headquarters “was not configured for the types of responsibilities it received.”
An aide to General Franks said that the former commander had covered Iraq decisions in his book, and General Franks told Army historians that it was the Pentagon’s responsibility to make sure the new Iraq headquarters was properly established.
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Randll Reese Besch - 7/4/2008
The Germans and Japanese were prosecuted for using "aggressive war" with Poland and Manchuria used as examples. The same could be said for what the USA did to Afghanistan and Iraq right now. A war crime you can't improve on or 'do better' or 'win' in any way. It needs to be treated as such.
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