The reports keep coming out demonstrating that Bush and Company were fairly reckless, callous or just plain indifferent to planning out the Irak war and what was to come next. The link above is from the AP, so I won’t include any quotes. But if you’ve read Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, you’ll see just how understaffed we are talking about. The under staffing wasn't just in terms of boots on the ground.
As East German state owned industries were privatized, bureaucracies were created and resources allocated. The German government dedicated 8,000 people to the task. When it came to Privatizing Irak, the Bush Administration allocated just…… 3 people to privatize 150 state-owned factories. From Rajiv’s book, here's a scene where these three dudes looked for some advice:
’Even more significant at the time was a practical challenge. There was no way Corliss,
, and Carney could do it by themselves. Financial records would have to be scoured, offers posted and evaluated, financing arranged. When the trio met with a team of Germans to discuss how factories in the former Jackson had been privatized, the CPA team was told that the Germans had eight thousand people working on the project. East Germany
“How many do you guys have?” one of the Germans asked. “You’re looking at all of them,” Corliss responded.
The German laughed and asked again. “No, how many people work for you?”
“No, this is it. Three people,” Corliss said.
“Don’t bother starting,” the German said. '
In the aftermath of the Irak War, when decisions were made on the fly, it was decided that privatizing all of Irak’s state owned industries was the thing to do. What’s better a soviet style economy or a market oriented economy? Every wingnut can answer this question in their sleep.
So from within its Department of Good Intentions, the CPA decided that Irak would get Privatized, Supply-Side Style. Problem: just three people were allocated to privatize 150 state-owned factories. And they were given only about two weeks instead of two years or more. But this ain’t like TeeVee when Scotty says the warp engines are broken and it will take 2 days to fix them. Irak wasn't gonna get privatized in two weeks regardless what Bush and Bremer ordered.