Regardless of one's view on the war in Iraq, the Bush administration's lack of preparation for the post-invasion phase of the conflict is nothing short of shameful. How many lives might have been spared if more thought and consideration had gone into this, let alone the wisdom of the entire idea?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates was recently brought to tears while discussing the death in May of Douglas Zembiec, who was known as "the Lion of Falluja," and who was killed during his fourth tour in Iraq. He had given up his Pentagon job to return to the conflict.
In the assessment of Maureen Dowd, "Mr. Gates captured the sadness we feel about American kids trapped in a desert waiting to be blown up, sent there by men who once refused to go to a warped war themselves."