Who's the fucking genius who came up with this back drop?
WASHINGTON - In March 2003, days before the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, American war planners and intelligence officials met at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina to review the Bush administration's plans to oust Saddam Hussein and implant democracy in Iraq.
Near the end of his presentation, an Army lieutenant colonel who was giving a briefing showed a slide describing the Pentagon's plans for rebuilding Iraq after the war, known in the planners' parlance as Phase 4-C. He was uncomfortable with his material - and for good reason.
The slide said: "To Be Provided."
A Knight Ridder review of the administration's Iraq policy and decisions has found that it invaded Iraq without a comprehensive plan in place to secure and rebuild the country…
"We didn't go in with a plan. We went in with a theory," said a veteran State Department officer who was directly involved in Iraq policy…
At the Pentagon, the director of the Joint Staff, Army Gen. George Casey, repeatedly pressed Gen. Tommy Franks, the head of the Central Command, for a "Phase 4," or postwar, plan, the senior defense official said.
"Casey was screaming, 'Where is our Phase 4 plan?' " the official said. It never arrived. Casey is now the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq.
Franks' Central Command did have an extensive plan to restore order and begin rebuilding the country, called Operation Desert Crossing, said retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, who drew up the plan and updated it continuously when he led Centcom until 2000. It was never utilized.
The same officials who saw no need for a plan to secure and rebuild a defeated Iraq also saw no need to position thousands of U.S. soldiers, including military police, engineers, ordnance disposal teams and civil affairs specialists, to begin taking control in Iraq even before the war against Saddam was over…
Instead of providing a plan and enough troops to take control of Iraq, officials, advisers and consultants in and around the Pentagon and Vice President Dick Cheney's office bet on Iraqi exiles such as Ahmad Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress, who assured them that Iraqis would welcome American troops as liberators.
You know, in light of the total lack of any kind of plan for victory before the war, and the resultant chaos and two thousand unnecessary American deaths in its aftermath, giving a speech with a back drop that says "Plan For Victory" is really fucking stupid.
Is it a theme for the speech or a cautionary backdrop?
As in, "Plan for victory, my children, or you, too, one day, will have to stand up here and give the same dumb empty speech again and again and again trying to explain why you fucked up American foreign policy and the United States military for years and years with no end in sight."
I mean, what do you think? What's going to be the most ironic, embarrassing Bush administration photographic epitaph? "Mission Accomplished" or "Plan For Victory"?
Myself, I'm not voting yet. I'm pretty sure Bush has got something stupider up his sleeve. Something really big.