Jeff Danziger, June 28, 2004
Okay. When the hand-picked guy who handled "post-war" Iraq says stuff like this, the only two words that come to mind are "miserable failure."
Bremer: 'Not not enough troops' in Iraq after Saddam's ouster
The former U.S. civilian administrator in Iraq says the United States "paid a big price" for not having enough troops on the ground after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime.
L. Paul Bremer, speaking Monday at the opening session of the 91st annual Insurance Leadership Forum in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, said "horrid" looting was occurring when he arrived in Baghdad on May 6, 2003.
"We paid a big price for not stopping it because it established an atmosphere of lawlessness," Bremer said. "We never had enough troops on the ground."
Still, Bremer added, ousting Saddam was "the right thing to do."