On 8 September, a somber President George W. Bush told the nation that accomplishing his goals in Iraq would take a lot more money and a lot more time than the public had been led to believe. He deserved better from his military.
A few days earlier, The Washington Times reported how he had been let down. It published excerpts of a Department of Defense (DoD) "lessons-learned" paper that found planning for the situation following major combat was so rushed there was insufficient time for essential work, and that command relationships and responsibilities were not defined clearly until just before combat began. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. Central Command (CentCom) Commander General Tommy Franks had one chance to do it right-and they failed to do so. Recovery proceeds, but the outcome is far more in doubt than it had to be.