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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.

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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.

  • Important buildings or cultural sites were identified, but no locations were protected; oil ministry was guarded.

  • No police force to keep order led to looting; desks, chairs, phones, computers, tables, large machines and rebars were stolen. Artifacts from early civilization were taken from museums.

  • The widespread looting eventually turned in to organized destruction.

  • The Iraqi government was said to have to be rebuilt from scratch.

  • Disbanding Iraqi military.

  • 500,000 young men jobless, and unable to support extended family: joined militia forces.

  • They also had access to huge arms depots.

These are said to be the primary causes of the Iraq chaos and deterioration.

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Disbanding Iraqi Military

“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.

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American Deaths In Iraq since May 2003

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

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Iraqi civilian death toll

Documented civilian deaths from violence:

94,048 – 102,621

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Economic Costs

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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