3 Flawed Assumptions About Postwar Iraq

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz took some heat last week when he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The President had just announced that he needed $87 billion to finance postwar military operations--most of which, $66 billion, would fund the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. Wolfowitz's questioners wanted an explanation. "You told Congress in March that, quote, 'we are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction--and relatively soon,'" said Senator Carl Levin. "Talk about rosy scenarios!" Indeed, the architects of the Pentagon's postwar-Iraq plans were guided by several key assumptions that haven't panned out.


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