'Planlessness followed ...,' Part II:
OK, I'm on official rant roll on the Iraq they-didn't-plan front. But the NYT has a list of 2005's top 10 books
, one of which is George Packer's 'The Assassins' Gate.'
Here's an excerpt about the lack of occupation planning, from a review by Fareed Zakaria
"Packer, who was in favor of the war, reserves judgment and commentary (about the occupation) in most of the book but finally cannot contain himself: 'Swaddled in abstract ideas . . . indifferent to accountability,' those in positions of highest responsibility for Iraq 'turned a difficult undertaking into a needlessly deadly one,' he writes. 'When things went wrong, they found other people to blame.' "
Packer is also quoted as saying: "The Iraq war was always winnable ...it still is. For this very reason, the recklessness of its authors is hard to forgive."