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10/05/2004

 

Bremer: 'More Guards and Cops'


Actually, former CPA chief Paul Bremer told an nsurance conference in West Virginia that the coalition "paid a big price" for not having enough troops in Iraq to stop the looting of the Iraqi National Museum, etc., immediately following the fall of Saddam Hussein's government.
"We paid a big price for not stopping it [the looting] because it established an atmosphere of lawlessness," he told an insurance conference in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. "We never had enough troops on the ground [to fight crime]."
JF Kerry and his media foot soldiers harped about troop levels, and Bremer reiterated in an e-mail:
"I believe that we currently have sufficient troop levels in Iraq," he said in an e-mailed statement. He said all references in recent speeches to troop levels applied to the situation when he arrived in Baghdad in May 2003 — "and when I believed we needed either more coalition troops or Iraqi security forces to address the looting."
That's that. Bremer did not criticize Administration policy. He did not claim that we needed more troops on the ground to fight the insurgency even thought they commanders in the field evidently say we don't. He said only that he would have liked to have seen more people to guards and cops immediately when Saddam was kicked out. This was before he was appointed to the CPA.

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