Former Iraqi Minister Blasts US Occupation

9 04 2007

Former trade, defense and finance minister Ali Allawi blasted the Bush Administration for its savagely incompetant handling of the occupation in Iraq in a newly published book. Allawi served in several ministries under the occupation government, and blames the US for turning Iraqis against them.

you can find the full story •HERE•.

An excerpt:

First came the “monumental ignorance” of those in Washington pushing for war in 2002 without “the faintest idea” of Iraq’s realities. “More perceptive people knew instinctively that the invasion of Iraq would open up the great fissures in Iraqi society,” he writes.

What followed was the “rank amateurism and swaggering arrogance” of the occupation, under L. Paul Bremer’s Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), which took big steps with little consultation with Iraqis, steps Allawi and many others see as blunders:

—The Americans disbanded Iraq’s army, which Allawi said could have helped quell a rising insurgency in 2003. Instead, hundreds of thousands of demobilized, angry men became a recruiting pool for the resistance.

—Purging tens of thousands of members of toppled President Saddam Hussein’s Baath party—from government, school faculties and elsewhere—left Iraq short on experienced hands at a crucial time.

—An order consolidating decentralized bank accounts at the Finance Ministry bogged down operations of Iraq’s many state-owned enterprises.

—The CPA’s focus on private enterprise allowed the “commercial gangs” of Saddam’s day to monopolize business.

—Its free-trade policy allowed looted Iraqi capital equipment to be spirited away across borders.

—The CPA perpetuated Saddam’s fuel subsidies, selling gasoline at giveaway prices and draining the budget.

In his 2006 memoir of the occupation, Bremer wrote that senior U.S. generals wanted to recall elements of the old Iraqi army in 2003, but were rebuffed by the Bush administration. Bremer complained generally that his authority was undermined by Washington’s “micromanagement.”

Although Allawi, a cousin of Ayad Allawi, Iraq’s prime minister in is a member of a secularist Shiite Muslim political grouping, his well-researched book betrays little partisanship.

On U.S. reconstruction failures—in electricity, health care and other areas documented by Washington’s own auditors—Allawi writes that the Americans’ “insipid retelling of `success’ stories” merely hid “the huge black hole that lay underneath.”

This is, of course, further evidence of the total incompetence of the Bush Administration, and further evidence that George W. Bush is the worst president in United States history. Never in my life did I imagine a worse president, or a more dangerous and incompetent administration (not an easy pairing to achieve.)




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