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Old 12-14-2008   #1
Rex Brynen
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Default Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience

Official History Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders

New York Times
Published: December 13, 2008

BAGHDAD An unpublished 513-page federal history of the American-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts an effort crippled before the invasion by Pentagon planners who were hostile to the idea of rebuilding a foreign country, and then molded into a $100 billion failure by bureaucratic turf wars, spiraling violence and ignorance of the basic elements of Iraqi society and infrastructure.

The history, the first official account of its kind, is circulating in draft form here and in Washington among a tight circle of technical reviewers, policy experts and senior officials. It also concludes that when the reconstruction began to lag particularly in the critical area of rebuilding the Iraqi police and army the Pentagon simply put out inflated measures of progress to cover up the failures.
The NYT has published the entire draft 508 page report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction online at
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