6,518. 11/15/2005

“…an analysis done for the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, its internal think tank, concluded [in a November 2005 report] that the war [in Iraq] was going badly and, in fact, was in far more dire a state than the Bush administration understood. ‘The costs of failure are likely to be high,’ it somberly warned, ‘much higher than was incurred following the U.S. withdrawal from Haiti, Somalia, Lebanon or even Vietnam.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Thomas E. Ricks, The Gamble, Page 13

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