Thursday, February 09, 2012

CPA was a "disaster"

Joel Wing posted an interesting interview with Jerry Burke, an American who was head of the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management in 2003. Mr. Burke was asked to assess the Iraqi police force in 2003 and he found them to be in "disarray". He also described the CPA as a "disaster":

"The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) was an unmitigated disaster. Many of the people in the CPA came with neo-conservative political agendas. I can't tell you how many times in military, police, and security briefings I heard the phrase, "To create a free market economy,” as one of the goals. The irony was that many CPA officials would have been for small, decentralized, states rights style government back home, but were trying to build a large, strong centralized government in Iraq. Also, many of the, I don't know what else to call them, young kids in their 20s, came with recommendations from the Heritage Foundation, and other conservative organizations. Many were just out of college or were taking a gap year to have an adventure in Baghdad. Most of them would have been doing unpaid internships if it weren't for Iraq."

The documentary No End In Sight corroborates this sad story.

1 comment:

David All said...

The entire CPA from its head, Paul Bremer on down used the Iraqi Occupation as an opportunity to test out the free market philosphy of the Heritage Foundation and related conservative think tanks without any regard for the reality of Iraq. Not surprising, the result was a tragic disaster.

Karl Rove told reporters at the beginning of Bush Jr's Presidency that he was determined to politicalize the civil service as much as possible and turn it into a bastion of Republican Party patronage. Unfortunately that included the CPA.