I was trying to read and research the policies leading to the release yesterday of the Council on Foreign Relations Report on Nation Building [all cites below]. Remembering one specific article in The Atlantic from ’02, I found another:
Followed by this:
::Sounds eerily familiar::
The article is from the July 1991 Atlantic, written by Christopher Layne. I don’t remember the article, but then there were so many during the war with Iraq – the first war – that this one may have just slipped by. Looking forward the author issued a cautionary note about “Nation-Building”:
James Fallows wrote The Fifty-First State (subsc. req’d) in November 2002, which laid out a post-war Iraq chronology. Painfully accurate in it’s depiction of steps that should have been – but were not – taken to secure the country from exactly the situation as it exists today.
Now comes the report [pdf] on nation-building by the Council on Foreign Relations, which attacks the problems faced when America engages in nation-building without full consideration of the aftermath of the first phase: war:
The higher priority now accorded to nation-building has yet to be matched by a comprehensive policy or institutional capacity within the U.S. government to engage successfully in stabilization and reconstruction missions.
Massive understatement. I wrote this to provide links to the report, and a couple of background articles that illustrate the fatal errors committed by policy-makers. The list of mistakes in both foreign policy and defense are simply too long. Read the articles if you have time.
Who the f*ck are these people? The scary part is we were told. They told us what they were doing, and what they wanted to do from the day they stepped into the WH in 2001. This is one of those days when I feel incredibly f*cking stupid for not connecting this administration to that administration. (Actually think it goes back further).
Mo’ coffee, a little housework/honey-do’s. Watch the clouds and the breeze through the trees for awhile. Better than rage. For now.
[UPDATED] Extended comments.