October 20, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Bush always said that national building was a bad idea!

Former CPA Health Official: Post-War Iraq "Read Like a Bad Novel" (This Is Rumor Control)

A weekend editorial in the prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet (subscribers access only) is the latest in a series of reports detailing how incompetent post-war planning, riddled with political cronyism, in this case involving humanitarian aid, contributed to the Iraq war's chaotic aftermath. One of its authors, Dr. Frederick Burkle was the senior health diplomat in Baghdad following the war and argues that a presidential directive taking the unusual step of giving the Department of Defense control of the planning and delivery of humanitarian relief was a big mistake. Dr. Burkle, who is currently doing a research project in China tells This is Rumor Control, "I have no idea whose decision it was, it really shocked us."

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