Paul Bremer has challenged views currently being expressed concerning the decision to disband Saddam Hussein’s army. Bremer said ranking officers in the British army were informed about the decision to disband and were enthusiastic supporters of the idea. This view sharply contradicts the version offered by retired British General Sir Mark Jackson who places all blame on the shoulders of America. General Tim Cross also argues the British were misled by Rumsfeld and the Bush crowd.
Victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan. We should expect in the coming years many autobiographies and articles written by participants in the Iraq war who blame someone other than themselves for mistakes. It will require future historians to sort through the mess of blame in order to describe objectively exactly what transpired. It is ironic that now everyone is arguing about mistakes and no one is assuming responsibility.