As the years pass and individuals who participated in the madness of the invasion of Iraq reveal what happened — or did not happen- – it becomes increasingly clear that Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld did not have the slightest idea what they were doing in Iraq from day one of the operation. Sir John Sawers, recently appointed head of M16 in the United Kingdom, was a close adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2003. Blair assumed that by supporting Bush the United Kingdom would have a voice in what occurred in that nation. According to Sawers, this was never close to reality. The British were never asked for opinions, and never consulted about decisions such as disbanding the Iraq army or rididng the nation of members of the Ba’ath party. The dynamic trio just went right ahead making decisions without consulting experts.
Was the decision to disband the Iraq army a mistake? One could argue it should have been reatained with new officers. Bush never grasped that individuals in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein joined the Ba’ath party, not necessarily because they agreed with its ideas, but membership was necessary to get jobs.
Hindsight is easy, but the real question is whether the dynamic trio ever discussed issues with those, at the time, who had expert knowledge.