The Emperor’s Pants Are On Fire

1 comment September 4th, 2007at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Don’t you just hate it when people won’t stay under the bus?

A previously undisclosed exchange of letters shows that President Bush was told in advance by his top Iraq envoy in May 2003 of a plan to “dissolve Saddam’s military and intelligence structures,” a plan that the envoy, L. Paul Bremer, said referred to dismantling the Iraqi Army.

Mr. Bremer provided the letters to The New York Times on Monday after reading that Mr. Bush was quoted in a new book as saying that American policy had been “to keep the army intact” but that it “didn’t happen.”

The dismantling of the Iraqi Army in the aftermath of the American invasion is now widely regarded as a mistake that stoked rebellion among hundreds of thousands of former Iraqi soldiers and made it more difficult to reduce sectarian bloodshed and attacks by insurgents. In releasing the letters, Mr. Bremer said he wanted to refute the suggestion in Mr. Bush’s comment that Mr. Bremer had acted to disband the army without the knowledge and concurrence of the White House.


After recounting American efforts to remove members of the Baath Party of Saddam Hussein from civilian agencies, Mr. Bremer told Mr. Bush that he would “parallel this step with an even more robust measure” to dismantle the Iraq military.

One day later, Mr. Bush wrote back a short thank you letter. “Your leadership is apparent,” the president wrote. “You have quickly made a positive and significant impact. You have my full support and confidence.”

You know, I kinda get the idea that Dubya never even read that letter.

The story does seem to be engineered to give both Dubya and Bremer an out: Sure, it says, Bremer gave Dubya a heads-up, but it was kind of buried and mentioned in passing, and Rumsfeld was the one Bremer was really talking to about this. (And what are the odds of Rummy clawing his way out from under the bus to make his old boss look bad?)

And besides, reconstituting the Iraqi Army was an impractical bad idea anyway! It’s much easier to build a new army from scratch than to try to track all those soldiers down!

As always, the spin and the ass-covering are far more important than the actual outcomes. Iraq could be wiped out in a giant nuclear explosion, and the Bushies would consider it a very good thing, just so long as they could blame it on the Democrats (see also: Republican post-withdrawal doomsday scenarios).

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Republicans,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. Multi Medium » Grea&hellip  |  September 4th, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    […] just wanted to follow up a bit on my previous post, about the little… disagreement between Dubya and Paul Bremer as to whether Bremer went off […]

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