Unfortunately, they told us back in 2003, and were promptly ignored. If you listened to This American Life this weekend, then you know who Conrad Crane is. Many of you probably already know who he is, perhaps I have been lost in the weeds. If not, then perhaps you also would be surprised to learn that the military WANTED to prepare for the occupation.
In October 2002, the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, in coordination with the Office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff/G-3, initiated a study to analyze how American and coalition forces can best address the requirements that will necessarily follow operational victory in a war with Iraq. The objectives of the project were to determine and analyze probable missions for military forces in a post-Saddam Iraq; examine associated challenges; and formulate strategic recommendations for transferring responsibilities to coalition partners or civilian organizations, mitigating local animosity, and facilitating overall mission accomplishment in the war against terrorism...If this nation and its coalition partners decide to undertake the mission to remove Saddam Hussein, they will also have to be prepared to dedicate considerable time, manpower, and money to the effort to reconstruct Iraq after the fighting is over. Otherwise, the success of military operations will be ephemeral, and the problems they were designed to eliminate could return or be replaced by new and more virulent difficulties.
Unfortunately, the Bush administration trashed this report and gave command and responsibility for the occupation to....Paul Wolfowitz.