In July 2005, the Council on Foreign Relations release a report titled, ‘In the Wake of War: Improving U.S. Post-Conflict Capabilities.’ It read: ” ‘The stark reality is that the United States does not have the right structural capacity to stabilize and rebuild nations. Responsibility is diffuse and authority is uncertain. The proper roles of the military and civilian agencies have not been articulated. And civilian players desperately need a *unified command* structure to align policies, programs and resources.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Page 173