5,418. 10/9/2003

“Equally damning was the [PBS] Frontline account [on October 9, 2003] of the [Bush] administration’s decision to ignore the State Department’s prescient ‘Future of Iraq’ project. Some fifteen working groups, drawn from several hundred Iraqi exiles, had anticipated the likely difficulties in postwar Iraq, from maintaining law and order to providing utilities–the very issues that the Americans were proving ill-prepared to deal with as stuff happened in the aftermath of ‘Mission Accomplished.’ ”

 – Frank Rich, The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Page 106

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