"We never had enough troops on the ground."
Paul Bremer, former Coalition Provision Authority administrator
Speaking October 4 at an insurance conference, former civilian administrator Paul Bremer states that ousting Saddam was "the right thing to do," but the U.S. did not have enough troops to combat the eruption of lawlessness after the toppling of the regime. Bremer says he "raised this issue a number of times with our government", but no action was taken. A senior Defense Department official says Bremer never asked for more troops.