Spotting Trouble Identifying Faltering and Failing States (1997)

R.A. Hettinga rah at
Mon Jan 17 13:34:07 PST 2005

At 12:02 PM -0800 1/17/05, James A. Donald wrote:
>After the unpleasant experience of nation bulding in Iraq, I
>hope that for the next round, he will stick to nation


All we really needed was a quick fly-by and reformat, and let Allah sort
'em out, on a grand tour of the um, holy land. Next stop Syria, Iran, etc.
Oh, well. Dance with the statist girl who brung ya, and all that.

Rummy saw the wisdom of <whatshisname, the pentagon analyst who came up
with the original 50k number...>'s plan, but couldn't quite sell it to the
Generals-that-be. Tommy had only a small sip of the Kool-Aide, and
apparently, but tried to cut it with a whole *vat* full of tanker-piss...


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