No End In Sight. Three Biggest Mistakes By Paul Bremer. Original decision of deBa’athification in the early stages of occupation. Not providing enough troops to maintain order, leading to absence of marital law.
These are said to be the primary causes of the Iraq chaos and deterioration.
“Hundreds of thousands of men who were well-trained in the arts of combat, many of them "patriotic", some of them fearless were abandoned, bitter and jobless, while the country was seen by many of them as occupied by an army bent on destroying it. “
“The policy was to keep the army intact; didn’t happen.”
The disbanding of the Iraqi military is one of the six most criticized aspect of the Administration’s approach to Iraq.
U.S. Troop Casualties - 4,352 US troops; 98% male; 91% non-officers; 82% active duty, 11% National Guard; 74% Caucasian, 9% African-American, 11% Latino. 19% killed by non-hostile causes. 54% of US casualties were under 25 years old. 72% were from the US Army
Documented civilian deaths from violence:
94,048 – 102,621
2008: Us monthly spending in Iraq: $12 Billion
US spending per second: $5,000
2009: US monthly spending in Iraq: $7.3 Billion
Cost of deploying on US soldier in Iraq for one year: $390,000
Lost and unaccounted for in Iraq: $9 Billion of taxpayer’s money.
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