Sunday, June 12, 2005


AP: Brits doubted US postwar Iraq plan

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush, below right, said publicly prior to the invasion in March 2003 that they viewed military action in Iraq as a last resort.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A staff paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair eight months before the invasion of Iraq concluded that U.S. military officials were not planning adequately for a postwar occupation, The Washington Post reported.

"A postwar occupation of Iraq could lead to a protracted and costly nation-building exercise," authorities of the briefing memo wrote, according to the Post. "As already made clear, the U.S. military plans are virtually silent on this point. Washington could look to us to share a disproportionate share of the burden."

Full CNN-AP story.  D.H.: The Post article goes on to say it got copies of the memos from Michael Smith of the London Times, the author of the following two stories on these memos that have just today become public.

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