Iraq report: Britain unprepared for nation building

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Sorry, but the senior British commanders and CoC were equally negligent - in not even attempting to sketch out their own plan of what to do when the fighting stopped. There was not the slightest common-sense effort in the weeks following the invasion. Even initiatives that didn't require much in the way of resources - media, psyops, cimic - were utterly unsupported and ineffectual.

Blaming Dfid and the FCO is justified but also somewhat cowardly and disingenuous - in previous similar campaigns the military leadership had at least taken the initiative and established some sort of occupation plan.
 
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Sorry, but the senior British commanders and CoC were equally negligent - in not even attempting to sketch out their own plan of what to do when the fighting stopped. There was not the slightest common-sense effort in the weeks following the invasion. Even initiatives that didn't require much in the way of resources - media, psyops, cimic - were utterly unsupported and ineffectual.

Blaming Dfid and the FCO is justified but also somewhat cowardly and disingenuous - in previous similar campaigns the military leadership had at least taken the initiative and established some sort of occupation plan.

That is arrant nonsense.

Rebuilding a state after conflict is solely the role of the politicians. The military are there in support.

Dear God, it’s not as though there wasn’t a precedent – look at Germany post WW2.
 

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