The Worst Mistake in U.S. History — America Will Never Recover from Bush’s Great Foreign Policy Disaster

The Worst Mistake in U.S. History — America Will Never Recover from Bush’s Great Foreign Policy Disaster

The Madness of King George

 

It’s easy to forget just how normal the madness looked back then. By 2009, when I arrived in Iraq, we were already at the last-gasp moment when it came to salvaging something from what may yet be seen as the single worst foreign policy decision in American history. It was then that, as a State Department officer assigned to lead two provincial reconstruction teams in eastern Iraq, I first walked into the  chicken processing plant in the middle of nowhere.

 

By then, the U.S. “reconstruction” plan for that country was drowning in rivers of money foolishly spent. As the centerpiece for those American efforts — at least after  Plan A, that our invading troops would be greeted with flowers and sweets as  liberators, crashed and burned — we had managed to reconstruct nothing of significance. First conceived as a  Marshall Plan for the New American Century, six long years later it had devolved into farce.

 

In my act of the play, the U.S. spent some $2.2 million dollars to build a  huge facility in the boondocks. Ignoring the stark reality that Iraqis had raised and sold chickens locally for some 2,000 years, the U.S. decided to finance the construction of a central processing facility, have the Iraqis running the plant purchase local chickens, pluck them and slice them up with complex machinery brought in from Chicago, package the breasts and wings in plastic wrap, and then truck it all to local grocery stores. Perhaps it was the desert heat, but this made sense at the time, and the plan was supported by the Army, the State Department, and the White House.

 

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