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An unpublished federal history of the U.S.-led reconstruction of Iraq

Official History Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica and James Glanz, The New York Times, December 13, 2008. Also at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/world/middleeast/14reconstruct.html

An unpublished, 513-page federal history of the American-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts an effort crippled before the invasion by Pentagon planners who were hostile to the idea of rebuilding a foreign country, and then molded into a $100 billion failure by bureaucratic turf wars, spiraling violence and ignorance of the basic elements of Iraqi society and infrastructure.

The history, the first official account of its kind, is circulating in draft form here and in Washington among a tight circle of technical reviewers, policy experts and senior officials. It also concludes that when the reconstruction began to lag — particularly in the critical area of rebuilding the Iraqi police and army — the Pentagon simply put out inflated measures of progress to cover up the failures.

Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience. (PDF, 6.9Meg) The draft of a federal report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Annotations are based on the review’s findings. The draft was provided to reporters at The New York Times and ProPublica by two people outside the Inspector General’s office who have read the draft.

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