Getting to the Postwar Planning Table

in The Rape of Mesopotamia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226729459
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226729435 | DOI:
Getting to the Postwar Planning Table

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This chapter discusses the postwar planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It suggests that neither Tommy Franks of the Central Command nor the U.S. Department of Defense wanted anything to do with the State Department's postcombat plans called the Future of Iraq Project. The chapter contends that the coordination of planning for the post-combat phase was certainly hobbled by sheer antagonism between the Pentagon, the uniformed military, and the State Department. It argues that direct consultations between American or British government, war planners, and archaeological groups would have prevented the looting of the National Museum and the depredation of Iraq's archaeological sites.

Keywords: post-war planning; 2003 Iraq invasion; Tommy Franks; Department of Defense; State Department; Future of Iraq; National Museum; archaeological sites; uniformed military; archaeological groups

Chapter.  9368 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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