Saturday, April 28, 2007

book notes

Blind Into Baghdad by James Fallows

Within months of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the military set up a school at the U. of Virginia to train and plan for the military government of Germany and Japan. In contrast, the Iraq invaders believed their own bs, seeing themselves as liberators, not occupiers.

Postwar planning was an impediment to war -- because detailed thought about the post-war situation meant facing costs and potential problems and thus weakening the case for launching a "war of choise" (esp. if the data generated by planning were leaked by the press by the State Dept.)

Rumsfeld making detailed last minute adjustment to the TPFDD (war plan) to cut troop numbers was, in the Army's view, like pulling cogs at random out of a machine.