Re: What went wrong in Iraq?

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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