Iraq: The Whole Thing Was Much Harder Than It Needed To Be
by Robert Tollast
Three former diplomats who served in Iraq during three phases of the conflict share their thoughts on the security, economic and political issues of their time in country.
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Many who worked with Paul Bremer in Iraq believed oil revenues and a re-invented Iraqi private sector would win the peace. Years later however, we see immense infrastructure projects funded by Iraqi oil money and vast foreign investment. They may have jumped the gun in 2003 with a rush to privatize, but were the neoconservatives right all along?