1999 war games predicted problems with invasion of Iraq

  1. edward

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    We had the correct information long before the war. The Bush administration choose to ignore it.

    http://www.nbc6.net/news/10243429/detail.html#
     
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  4. russ_watters

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    I finde the article somewhat confusing: it talks about the invasion requiring 400,000 troops, then says:
    160,000 is most certainly not more than we had for the invasion, though I'm having trouble finding that number. (edit: near as I can tell, we had about 250,000, but I'm looking more reliable sources)

    Regardless, they are mixing unrelated facts to support their conclusion. I'd like to read the actual report...
     
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  5. Gokul43201

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    Perhaps 160,000 was the post-invasion peak level? Here's Rummy's words:

    http://usinfo.state.gov/usinfo/Archive/2005/Dec/23-44645.html

    Hard to say what exactly he is refering to (and I suspect this is the source of this oft repeated number)...but I too recall a number like 250,000 troops for the invasion.
     
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  7. Astronuc

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    You'll have to be careful to distinguish the number of troops in Iraq, as apposed to the number of troops in theater, e.g. those in Kuwait and off-shore.

    I've seen troop deployment numbers somewhere. There is usually a Defense Department summary montly or quarterly.

    Here's something from 2004 - http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/troops_04-15-04.html
     
  8. edward

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    Apparently whatever number we had in the initial inasion was sufficient to topple the govenment of Iraq, but not enough to control the country.

    GWU now has the documents. I doubt that they will be available on the net for a while.
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/

    or I could be wrong about that.
    http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB207/index.htm
     
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