Success, it has said, has a thousand fathers. Failure is an orphan.
By that standard, the decision to disband the Iraqi Army is decidedly a failure. No senior figure in Washington is prepared to acknowledge paternity. It wasn’t Mr. Rumsfeld’s call, Mr. Rumsfeld’s spokesman says. It wasn’t Ms. Rice’s call, says the National Security Adviser, pausing between Bush campaign speeches disguised as official travel. No one bothered to ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to everyone involved.
Mr. Bremer pretty clearly wanted the decision to go the way it went; no one seems sure whether his contemporaneous claim that he had orders to that effect from the Oval Office was true or not.
Will anyone have the opportunity, and the nerve, to ask the President?