In January, told Rumsfeld in May 2004 that a far larger number of U.S. troops were needed to effectively fight the insurgency, but his advice was rejected.officials acknowledged that Paul Bremer, the senior U.S. official in Iraq during the first year of the war,
Bremer said his memo to Rumsfeld suggested half a million troops were needed — more than three times the number there at the time. NY Times
"The president’s military advisers felt that the size of the force was adequate; they may still feel that years later. Some of us don’t. I don’t," Powell said. "In my perspective, I would have preferred more troops, but you know, this conflict is not over."
"At the time, the president was listening to those who were supposed to be providing him with military advice," Powell said. "They were anticipating a different kind of immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad; it turned out to be not exactly as they had anticipated."
Rumsfeld has rejected criticism that he sent too few U.S. troops to Iraq, saying that Franks and generals who oversaw the campaign’s planning had determined the overall number of troops, and that he and Bush agreed with them. The recommendation of senior military commanders at the time was about 145,000 troops. NY Times
I don’t know about other people but I am tired of folks who held high positions before the invasion of Iraq, who said nothing public before the operation commenced and who now claim that they knew better. If they knew better, if they knew that the inadequate troop list for the operation was a recipe for disaster, then why did they not protest, even unto the last desperate means of resignation? (Yes, I ask a lot of rhetorical questions.)
It wasn’t rocket science, people. Anyone with a modicum of common sense knew better. You had to be willfully ignorant and determined to see the world through your own peculiarly Utopian prism not to know better.
Today William Kristol, the publisher of the "Weekly Standard," said on FNS that "a year ago although things were tough in Iraq, it looked like we were making progress." Hello! On what planet did it look like we were "making progress?" Does he mean that because the political drama of elections was going forward, purple fingers and all, that he actually thought that this was progress? My God! The fate of the Republic is in the hands of such people.
A decent silence would be more fitting.