Rumsfeld Faulted For Troop Dilution
Military Officers: Forces in Iraq Are Inadequate
By Vernon Loeb
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 30, 2003; Page A19
Current and former U.S. military officers are blaming Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his aides for the inadequate troop strength on the ground in Iraq, saying the civilian leaders “micromanaged” the deployment plan out of mistrust of the generals and an attempt to prove their own theory that a light, maneuverable force could handily defeat Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
More than a dozen officers interviewed, including a senior officer in Iraq, said Rumsfeld took significant risks by leaving key units in the United States and Germany at the start of the war. That resulted in an invasion force that is too small, strung out, underprotected, undersupplied and awaiting tens of thousands of reinforcements who will not get there for weeks.
Story. I think we are witnessing a meltdown in progress, the size of which remains to be seen.