U.S. Postwar Iraq Strategy a Mess, Tony Blair Was Told
Posted on Mar 14, 2006
According to leaked secret memos, top advisors to the British leader gave him explicit warnings three years ago that the U.S. had “No leadership, no strategy, no coordination, no structure and [was] inaccessible to ordinary Iraqis.”
Not that this kind of thing shocks us anymore, but it’s still eye-opening when it’s confirmed by a staunch ally.
Daily Kos tees off on this.
Senior British diplomatic and military staff gave Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US was disastrously mishandling the occupation of Iraq, according to leaked memos.
John Sawers, Mr Blair’s envoy in Baghdad in the aftermath of the invasion, sent a series of confidential memos to Downing Street in May and June 2003 cataloguing US failures. With unusual frankness, he described the US postwar administration, led by the retired general Jay Garner, as “an unbelievable mess” and said “Garner and his top team of 60-year-old retired generals” were “well-meaning but out of their depth”.