Re: What went wrong in Iraq?
Ken Adelman is currently vice-president of Movers and Shakespeares, which conducts executive training through leadership lessons from Shakespeare. Ambassador Adelman began teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and later with honors students at George Washington University.
During the Reagan Administration, Ken Adelman was an Ambassador to the United Nations and then Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, accompanying President Reagan on his superpower summits with Mikhail Gorbachev.
Adelman was a philosophy major at Grinnell College and then attended Georgetown University, where he received a Masters in Foreign Service Studies and Doctorate in Political Theory.
He is the author of five books -- including co-author of Shakespeare in Charge -- and hundreds of articles, was for 20 years national editor of Washingtonian magazine, and for six years a member of the Defense Policy Board.
While living in Africa from 1972 to 1975, Adelman translated for Mohammed Ali during “The Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight in Zaire, and participated in the Zaire River Expedition, venturing down the Congo River on the 100th Anniversary of Stanley’s exploration.
Ken Adelman: The main . . . the main thing was (a) you learned that there were no weapons of mass destruction. That changed the equation. You should be clear enough about it and honest to say one of the premises which we had going into there turned out not to be true. Like I say, we have to go on the basis of what you . . . the information we have at the time. So I have no apologies for what I thought at the time. But now I think something else, because the evidence was it wasn’t right on that. And number two is, I really did believe that the U.S. government was going to implement this occupation of Iraq far better than they did. It has been a miserable job of that, and it’s very, very discouraging for me.
They did as badly in Iraq as they did with Hurricane Katrina.
Recorded on: 7/2/07
The Bush administration bungled the occupation of Iraq just as they did responding to Hurricane Katrina.
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