"There are a lot of lives that are lost," Adelman said in an interview last week. "A country's at stake. A region's at stake. This is a gigantic situation. . . . This didn't have to be managed this bad. It's just awful."
Two thoughts on this:
1) Cry me a f****** river.
2) Let's dispense with this notion that somehow everything would be okay in Iraq if the Bush administration had simply managed the occupation correctly. First of all, the same people who now moan about how badly the occupation has been run are the ones who were saying we wouldn't be in Iraq more than a few months anyway, so why is the Bush administration suddenly solely to blame for failing to plan? Secondly, if the Bush administration had listened to the "realists" and realized that the occupation of Iraq was going to take hundreds of thousands of troops and hundreds of billions of dollars, then certainly they would've also been honest with us and themselves about the sparse intelligence, and not as willing to link Al Qaeda to Iraq (you know, been responsible about the whole thing) and we probably wouldn't have gone to war in the first place because most Americans would have never been in favor of it and the Bush administration probably wouldn't have even advocated it. No, this half-ass occupation was hardwired into this administration from the beginning. They were determined to get this war, they misled us and themselves about what they knew or should've known, and they never planned for an occupation because they didn't believe we'd be there that long and didn't want us to think we'd be there that long so we wouldn't have any second thoughts about invading. The neo-cons and Bush apologists who supported this invasion and attacked at every turn those who opposed it, believed exactly the same things, and they are not now permitted to come to the American people whining about how things would be so much different if the Bush administration had managed this war better. We doomed ourselves and the Iraqi people to this from the beginning.