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"l. paul bremmer" Discussed on Pod Save the World
"But i don't know that that was interesting. Sort of level set public discussion of the actual risk for the first time. Yeah and the list of countries is is interesting in illustrative. i mean. first of all The list of countries shouldn't be surprised because isis has been a bigger threat than syrian-iraqi prophecy ground zero under that The list of countries are also has a conspicuous overlap with places where the united states has been at war for the better part of twenty years. Yeah knows that to which makes its own rationale for maybe fighting open-ended wars in these countries is not successfully mitigating. The terrorists ran and that leads to the point on afghanistan because some people say well. What about isis k. That we just saw you know tragically killed thirteen year service members in scores of afghan civilians but their capacity to to launch an attack at a very vulnerable airport is very different from their capacity to like sit in a safe haven afghantistan plot like some some nine eleven send due to flight school. Exact word over every And that's what we have to remind ourselves. Because everybody's i see all the like you know. The greatest hits album of like paul wolfowitz and paul bremmer writing op eds the wall street journal warning but future nine eleven from afghanistan. The pre nine eleven again drawing on on my working for for campbellton coach of the nine eleven commission time like we could get on a airplane with box cutters. We weren't like anywhere near devoting the resources that we do now to just the intelligence tracking of these people like we've tied every screw in every law possible at some point. We're just gonna have to trust our capacity that to prevent attacks the they're going to be bad people to live in afghanistan. they're going to be bad people. By the way that live in america people live everywhere world. And it doesn't mean we have to take drone strike. Sarah or go to war there like at a certain point. You have to trust this. Massive multi trillion dollar counter-terrorism apparatus that we've built to uncover and prevent attacks like and get out of the war footing which again the were footing conspicuously completely overlaps with all the places that there's now a terrorist threat from i mean. Let's let's kind of turn the page on this approach guys really does become just this circular process yeah. Let's not do that anymore. It's not doing ben given iphone. I do quick heads up for anyone with an iphone or apple products Update your software. Do it now this week. Apple issued a software patch. That will block fix do something to stop some incredibly sophisticated software. Spyware that is that has been found To infect phones without the user ever clicking on a link or a file tessa this spyware was found on the saudi activists phone. The university of toronto citizen lab discovered the spyware. They said they believe it was sold by this company. We've talked about before the nso group Which is a for profit spy company. started by a bunch of former intelligence people. Those company the nfl group. They'd like to say they're spyware is like only use against terrorists. It's funny how often it ends up being used to target activists and journalists and others who oppose repressive governments like saudi arabia. They're lying so anyway. Update your software and what it. What point do you think this becomes a conversation with the israeli government like. Hey this is out of control. I think it. I hope it already has been right because again like i mentioned this on previous show but your hope is that netanyahu was part of the problem. Here in that this is not more endemic Because there's just no way this is happening without really knowing about it with a bunch of formers in that community doing that without somebody knowing about it and as we talked about conspiracy overlaps with the government's became friendlier within the gulf in india in hungary abraham courtside exactly i mean. If you're there's there is a as everybody gets ready to celebrate the end result of records there is a darker underbelly to this and this is a manifestation of it. I think that the other question. Though that like the two big issues that are converging here one is what point. Can you just not really secure your shit. I don't know man you're supposed to be the best at this. Yeah the we keep hearing about these. No click spyware apps. Because i tell you i get. I get multiple clear phishing attacks a day. There's no question you know like we're text messages. Just click this link. Proposing is my phone company. Or you know Someone tried to hack my my instagram. The other day by saying they were instagram. Wanting to like You know change my password or something. It's just it's obvious. But but getting calls on youtube least you know be smart and have two factor authentication if they can hack your phone with you doing anything like it's game was osan like you're done like in everybody's shit is everywhere and nothing that you put in any digital platform is truly secure and then you combine that with the second big trend which she talked about a bunch. Here's this private espionage world so if you're shit is can a can be accessed by anybody and then sold anybody and then used for any purpose like we're just in a whole new world of of absence of privacy and manipulation and intimidation and blackmail and were almost there so like it feels like they're just needs to be much more public conversation about what privacy like can we expect right and companies like apple gotta be straight about this like what can they protect. And what can they not protect because it may be. I don't know if someone says to me and again i'm just does back on but but notice be true. I'm not like the tech guy but like if someone kind of said to me that like well we're just not sure we could really secure email but you know if you do these. Three step factor cloud stuff like we can protect some of this data. Well i'd adjust accordingly. You know right now. Everybody's flying a little bit too blind here. Yeah there's no best practices the other thing that you see happening in in you know sort of like russia. Intel targets is planting stuff on people's phones where there's al- there's always reports of like such and such activists had like kiddie porn on the news. Like clearly planted terrified. The this booby so easy to do that. Totally doesn't have to be that extreme doesn't have to be like criminal materials. You're planning on someone. It could just be like a email or message that says something shady about someone else so you just throw in a pile. I've you know someone who has been the subject of like totally made up stuff like fake quotes. I never said and the that some tweets and puts the quarter of your face. So some outlooks like you like that is the most makes you feel completely powerless. You know like it because it doesn't matter that's not true. And and so yeah. This is the this privacy question really needs to move to the forefront in a way that it hasn't yet it is in europe by the way the europeans. They've way ahead of us. I i like to catch up to where they are. Yeah i would too Speaking of massive problems that need to move to the forefront so some climate change News here ben so one. There's a global survey of sixteen to twenty five year olds in ten countries and found that sixty percent of young people are very worried or extremely worried about climate. Change seems like an opportunity for..
"l. paul bremmer" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"The zombies do Because they're into zombies are interesting they adapt. They are able to pivot incomes and humans. Because of that. Tom able to pivot day. They adapt much better than we do. And i think that's worth remembering sort of what have we become Based on you know it might be as interesting as as what the terror threat is and and some of it was pretty horrible and including including the war in iraq. I mean i feel like it's being written out of this twentieth anniversary because of what happened afghanistan. But if you ask me win the war on terrorism lose its focus it would have been december of two thousand one when president bush. I ask for military planning From the joint chiefs for an invasion of iraq. You can't tell me that that you know. And then you have abu graven the iraq war and the isis and everything you know flows from in some ways three or four months after september eleventh. You know a weren't gonna go there. But since you did charlie senate mentioned before the afghanistan papers the chris. The what's wit locks first thing. Was chris rock star with log from the washington post. Who's done this book. It's incredible craig. Woodlock i'm sorry not people. Essentially presidents of both parties lose both parties lying for years about afghanistan. The lying about iraq as well. When you see again this is back in his frontline documentary when you see donald rumsfeld downplaying what was happening in iraq after they put paul bremmer in charge who had never run anything before. What does he get rid of all the ba'athists he gets rid of the these are the. I don't know nothing about any of these things every one of these decisions. I would've known enough not to have done. The worst part of this is the incessant lying to the american people on papers. Afghanistan papers iraq. And you know his andrew basis which said was the other day. It's we the people who are to blame. He said you. Who's the blame for my son's death. Who i blame it. We don't. we are lied to so that our ability to be effective voices in these debates. Is that you know this is one of the things that you hear. Anti vaccine talk about in the government lies to them by the government because the government lies them all the time and we got an email a little while ago from a gentleman who was driving through rural pennsylvania was talking about what here's On the radio it's right wing christian stuff. It's right wing Conspiracy theory stuff. It their their their whole media network is all of this kind of thing so it's not surprising and i think that's true that many many spills over in virtually everything everything that people have a distrust of the government and that's lots of pieces of the frontline document by the way is that that that's what nine eleven did then trickled down into ending up on january six on the steps of the capitol. You know we're getting off track before you go..
"l. paul bremmer" Discussed on Pod Save the World
"Wide to our benefit not just from a moral perspective but from from every other perspective to to deal with this you gotta make sure these people succeed. It's not just done enough to just get someone out of the country. Keep them physically safe. You have to help them set up a life where they can actually thrive in live. You know i mean imagine you lose all your possessions and all of a sudden you're like living on government assistance don't wants to be in that place that that's like the republican character. Yeah and if you look at all. The research on this like refugees tend to excel as immigration relations. His day are like they. Are you know they are starting from scratch. They work their butts off. Sometimes it may not be facility. Afghans gratitude that goes along with being given safe haven Refugee populations in this country. Have a good track record of success So i think the meta question that you and i both are kind of been obsessed about is is what if any lesson will america take from this experience from twenty years in afghanistan. And you know in a couple of weeks. We'll have a better handle on. How successful the rescue mission is for the evacuation. And that's i think going to go a long way towards defining how biden his view. But we're talking about is more fundamental it's like will. We learned the lesson to not start these wars in the first place. And so you know. I think you and i both obsessively read the coverage Some things that have made me hopeful and not hopeful so hopeful polling zafar voters overwhelmingly disapprove abidance handling of afghanistan in recent days. No surprise it's been chaotic that we all know why but they still believe the war itself was not worth it by a margin of sixty one to twenty nine percent so that suggests we might have learned a lesson year we might oppose future. Wars not hopeful We are seeing the same old war. Supporters make the same arguments with like zero pushback. We have Architects of the iraq. War like paul wolfowitz or paul bremmer writing up heads in the wall street journal we have david portray us Saying it was premature to leave afghanistan after twenty years and that we needed to do more nation building and the i guess i guess saying we needed a permanent for us. At least you know an honest position. Unlike collateral hearing tony blair Getting time coverage for attacking the withdraw returning. There's very little discussion of how devastating twenty years of war was for the afghan people in particular. So how are you feeling about. The lessons learned questioned. And am i too close to this. Are you and i over thinking it. Because we're reading the release soft interview with david us in the new yorker that most of the country. Yeah we'll never see you will never hear how you feeling right now about the lessons learned. I mean it's not great. Tommy the the what bothers me. You know this happened in the bombers happening now. You can look at iraq and afghanistan and make the calculation that invading those countries in waging wars of regime change in nation building was mistake or you can construct some thing that was done wrong execution of those wars that allows you to believe that that original decision wasn't wrong. This played out most acutely on iraq. Where i was. We didn't send enough troops than it was. We shouldn't have disbanded the iraqi army. The paul bremmer was incompetent which was but then it was. You know the the surge was was too late and then it was. Obama did leave ten thousand troops there after twenty seven. But but what all these comments. Some of these criticisms of actually bush before obama was somehow thinking that like a different way of fighting the iraq war would have led to a different outcome than than what we saw and in afghanistan. We're seeing the same thing where you know. I think that any honest reckoning twenty years in even when we were trying to do last time you know this president blamed for this and that will when the whole premise is flawed. Like those presence could have done things differently and still led to the same result. You know the whole premise of the united states going afghanistan removed the taliban establishing new government. Build a new army in. Then leave things to those people like that premise. I think you. And i believe his body and answer trying to make it about anything other than the original premise. Decision seems to still be so hard wired into the american establishment. And i say establishing i mean media political national security. There's just kind of and maybe it's because that would require an acknowledgement of just. How catastrophic the original decision making was to go into afghanistan particularly rock. 'cause the didn't going iraq permanently screwed up afghanistan somewhere to But you know the that that to me that that that failure to kind of reflect on the original of these military interventions is. What's so absent From from this kind of blame game about the prosecution of these wars and like a betrayal to is is the counterinsurgency strategy that he puts forward for afghanistan when obama at one hundred thousand troops by dave portrays is own analysis at that time. That was nowhere near enough to do a counterinsurgency strategy across all afghans. It could allow you to do a counter strategy in one piece of afghanistan. There was just no political universe. In which like an american president could have well over one hundred thousand troops in afghanistan for over another issue fifty. You know the the real coin supporters wanted. And what is that even based on. Where's the coin. It's worked in little pieces of countries right so to me like if you pull back the camera if you look at the countries where the united states intervene militarily after nine eleven yes. You're taking a lot of terrorist. Yes we've i think prevented tears taxes. Save lives but look at iraq. Look at afghanistan. Look at yemen. Look at somalia libya if you count that are those countries better off from kind of a humanitarian political perspective than they were before the us interventions I mean they're not and we we have to. We have to do with that as a country and the windy with that is not to kind of blame. Joe biden for the execution withdrawal even if he did or ssd execution with lehman for the execution. That's not the story of afghanistan that's like saying the story of vietnam is gerald ford. I mean it's just not what the the truth sony play you a bit of audio from interview That admiral mike mullen the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff did over the weekend. Abc news There's actually two clips. That i actually gave me some hope. So here's the first one when you look back on those years. Are you really kind of been yourself up over that. Well i am. Yeah what i thought we could do. And i advise. President obama Accordingly as. I thought we could turn it around. Obviously i was wrong. You also heard president biden said look we should have gotten out ten years ago. We should have gotten out after they killed osama bin laden. You were there when they killed osama bin laden where the chairman should. We've gotten out there i think. In retrospect yeah we should have. But i don't think it was possible for us to just abruptly walked away right after we killed bin laden but clearly we could've gone earlier than we did as i look back In in a lot of people are critical of the president right now. The president biden had it right back then. He was focused. singly on counter-terrorism and his advice was along those lines and he certainly said that And i him credit for that. So it didn't choose that to give biden credit but i it is. I think really commendable. That mullen admits he was wrong Here's the second clip. I think we need to. We need to learn the lessons. I think we need to examine in the military that can do spirit. And and that. Can we understand why we too often say yes to a mission when we should say no. That was interesting to me that now make an amendment to that. I see your hesitation there. Which is there have been times in. The military is pushing wasn't saying yes. It was saying. Give us this rights right. The and that was famously. True during the two thousand nine afghanistan review among the chairman. We're molin was the chairman. He asked him to come to. Nobody asked him to to develop surge option. Yes but i do think there is this conversation. That's been happening..
"l. paul bremmer" Discussed on The Cut
"I do that sometimes. But only when i feel like it so you know freedom is really important to me And i've done that with all popular few times. Where like there was this one time where someone wrote in asking. Hey i saw my manager on. Grindr what do i do and of course the answer is anything in your business but i had like several hundred other words to fill before i could turn in that column so i like interview to be experts about whether or not the bees were actually dying in what we can do about it in the to this day just like one of my more successful ones. So the ability to just completely play with form and to completely sabotage the idea of rubrics and structures. I think is really fun to me. And it's something that i hope to continue to do. I think i'm going to carry that with me whether i'm doing all of your not. Yeah yeah that's part of just your style. Yeah i think so John paul bremer's book la the how to come out in a walmart. Parking lot and other life lessons comes out. June ninth audio excerpts courtesy of simon and schuster audio from ola puppy by john paul bremmer read by the author copyright twenty twenty one by john. Paul bremer used with permission from simon and schuster inc. The cut is produced by me. The ed parker schuyler swenson and cd edited by kelly. Prime mixed by alex higgins are executive. Editors are hana rosen stella buckby and he shot kirwa. The cut. Podcast is made possible by the team at new york magazine. Subscribe to support their work at the cut dot com slash subscribe. I'm jasmine thanks for listening..
"l. paul bremmer" Discussed on The Cut
"Listen and subscribe to full release. With samantha b on stitcher pandora apple. Or wherever you get your podcasts. The cut the cut cut cut the cut. When i was twenty two. I made a decision that forever changed the course of my life and i know that's dramatic but hear me out. It's true i actually had two job offers to choose from a stable well-paid job at a law firm in san francisco and a sort of wild card option at a podcast in oakland and it was hard to choose between the two of them because one job was stable and reliable and had a better salary but the other one was fun. I mean it seems like a fun job. The thing is i didn't have a safety net. I don't have savings. It seemed to make the most sense to pick the stable option. So i called my mom. My mom's a hardworking emigrant. She really wanted me to take this legal job because it was a career with longevity but my dad had a different take okay so let me. Just say here that my dad. I usually don't take his advice. Well it's complicated. But he's a complicated man like one time. I had to pick them up in the median of a major highway because his girlfriend left him there and he needed a ride but for some reason while riding the escalator. Up the sixteenth street bart station in san francisco on a whim. I called him and i asked him what he would do. He said me hot. You're gonna have your whole life to do boring easy jobs if you wanna take a risk. Do it in your twenties. So i took his advice and he turned out to be right because it doesn't really matter where advice comes from. In fact some of the best advice comes from people who've been there and gotten it wrong like advice columnist. John paul bremer pitched it to my editor as queer next year abby huffing poppers. john. Paul bremer writes. This advice column called ola pappy. And it's mostly queer very entertaining and his book by the same name is a collection of the best columns from ullah poppy. Since it's weird start because started on grindr the gay hookup app unusual. I know but grinder was just breaking into news and media at the time and asked him to write a column and people would often send me all up. Happy on there. Because i am know mexican but i thought it would be so funny to take that and turn it into an advice column so flipping it around like now. You have to trust me as a puppy because your mentor to level with you. Reader to hung over from china latino sexual with mismanaging society disorder and an internet next year radically speaking. If i were to try to obtain poppers while visiting mexico during one passionate summer of by god you imagine someone deciding today you after. They've seen the way you live your roommates. Have every right to call each other partner. It's their relationship. I went to a couple who called each other. Honeydew and latest is uncomfortable. And i wish my coworker would leave me alone. According tuition to pick their legs are so little but their dreams are so big but any bodega new york city and say poppy century dubbed that. I don't know what will happen to you if you do. Okay so first of all john. Paul bremmer is hilarious. He literally has two articles up on sub stack right now called top five rat movies. I made up and is space gay but the thing is pretty quickly. his ola. Poppy advice column became much more than a goofy grinder experiment. All up is vulgar and stupid but it's equally raw and sentimental and smart a good place to go if you're lost and just want someone to be lost with you. Ola puppy happy puppy. I wanna jazz gear. But i'm afraid manager on grindr twice as something. How do i make peace with years in the club's love with myself. And i'd be proud of where i'm from even if it sucks. How do i let go of my childhood trauma signed damaged. Goods in closeted render. Find silly putty find wasted time. There was the sort of unfilled niche that i accidentally stepped in to where you know. The fact of the matter is a lot of people. Don't have a whole lot of people they can ask questions about. Lgbtq related stuff with. They don't have maybe someone in their immediate community where they can be like. Hey on gay around. I'm trans can. You approached the issue. That i'm dealing with so recognizing that i couldn't just be funny all the time. I had to sort of bring some emotion and some genuine ernest advice into the whole equation. If i was just some person who had come from a lot of money and didn't have to have a job. And i was living in some big house. And i'm sitting here trying to relate to the queers who barely have any money in who are being ground down by capitalism homophobia cetera. I maybe wouldn't be happy. I would be hello father. I don't want to hear from somebody who studied my problems. I want to hear from somebody who's gone through my problem. There's just something about that related ability about like you having gone through it that is valuable or absolutely. What makes someone qualified to give advice. What makes someone credible aren't qualified. So i thought about this a lot. Because i look at other advice columnists and asked the same question. I'm like you know. What are your credentials here in some of them actually do have legitimate credentials fall back on which is sort of the formula that i didn't want to emulate because i recognize that. I'm just some guy. I don't have a licensed. I don't really think of myself as an expert in any way would i am pretty good. I think is just being like a friend someone at the bar that you can sorta talk to can be relatable so in using a lot of humor. I can sort of offset people's expectations. That i'm sort of life coach. I can sort of embrace that. Unhinged manic energy that the ola poppy columns have sort of become known for and then put a healthy dose of how i really feel and some genuine emotions genuine empathy into it as well. And i think that's where the recipe comes from for over puppy. Are there any parts that you feel like you are faking it like that. You haven't really figured out yet. Oh all of it. I think we're i think we're all sort of making it to some degree. And that's just part of life because i think that for example media industry writing industry publishing industry these are all very unnatural. Arrangements they sort of ask us to become actors at least to some degree in order to fulfil our duties so in working all the jobs that i've worked in there have been many Being a tortilla factory or a bookstore or a reporter. I felt like i had to zip myself up into a costume Become this person that was not me. This is what sets up opry apart from other advice columns. I've read when someone writes in with a question. Jp doesn't launch into a solution. Actually he shares a story from his own past that features the same kind of struggle or pain or confusion that the readers dealing with it's not clean or authoritative but somehow knowing that someone else survived the same thing it helps so one thing is a writer that i m super drawn in attracted to is those decisions we make that make no sense As in the context of like love or obligation ola..
"l. paul bremmer" Discussed on Fortress On A Hill (FOH) Podcast
"Are happening. Well it's not an excuse for their humanity but. Did you actually train them to not do this. That you train them on how to actually deal with prisoners and the other part of that is in terms of in terms of the the mindset of the peace corps that. We're supposed to care for prisoners. They're supposed to their there. Our responsibility and yet there were people within the core that we're willing to look the other way on certain things and that's something i'd actually like to research a lot more. But then you have you know the the we were already stretched super thin with the invasion up through five. And like i mentioned about my two years is everybody else was on twelve and twelve they got wanted deployment or fifteen potentially with when they went to fifteen month deployments and sometimes it was eighteen. You guys in off one in the in the initial wave who were part of the wave march uva three and we're still in country of Oh four and longer Mechanics guys of any kind of Cyber unit any anything that involves computers and required more time for setting up. Yeah it was it was just it just made absolutely no sense double check any still answering your question. Yeah absolutely so. I I have i have. I think an interesting follow on that. I hadn't written down but but right before that you mentioned that it was march of oh three to the invasion so we just passed the weekend. That was the eighteenth The eighteen th anniversary right. And i mean if you were told us back then i don't know maybe there were better soothsayers than than we but i mean. I know personally grueling. Back then we. Ad that verse redone invasion with the war going on. I mean i don't. I don't i don't think i could have actually but you leave the pentagon just. There's a factual in sequence stuff you leave the pentagon about what month and year your duty. Those that was july of oh three that i love so the iraq war that first summer of sunni in certain see sitting odierno locking up every military suny mail and holding. Their families hostage like sweden. Ray odierno right. That was happening when he was the fourth. Id commander one one of our sister. Companies did Did protective details for paul bremmer. When they were first country. The i seventy i they did. And so we got see a dash of him just a little bit kind of behind the scenes but yeah absolutely right there in the in the forefront so then you And then you leave once you get into iraq. Month year february will four. Just yes you know. you're there Two and a half years. You know before before. I am right despite the fact that wants to the military around the same time In that period right Maybe okay so eighteen years ago this weekend. what was your general view of the invasion. You know efficacy. Rightness wrongness and then in the reef interim when it's really really real between july. Oh three in february. Oh four when it's ongoing. What was your view then and was it any different at all.
"l. paul bremmer" Discussed on Eu tava la
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The Unravelling 4: War Party
"This is the Jaakko on Raveling podcast episode four. With Daryl, Cooper and me, Jaakko willink. And, we're about to pick up the thread. Of JAAKKO GOING TO WAR I WanNa read something from. Tom ricks book fiasco early part from the earliest part of the invasion because I want to give people an idea of. The fire. You were jumping into in September, October. Two thousand three, so the war started in March. and. The conventional forces the Iraqis the resistance in the cities. Is precisely the match for the US military that you think it is, and we burn through them and. The Third Infantry Division gets up into Baghdad quick. They take the airport they make their thunder runs through the city, and the regime collapses very rapidly. That's in March early April. And this passage is. Referring, to appear now April into May. Quote. Baghdad was falling apart in front of the eyes of the US military with buildings, being looted and parents afraid to let their children outside, but no one had orders to do anything about it. Looking back several years later, Colonel Colonel Allan King the head of Civil Affairs for three ID spoke of April, two thousand, three with slow chilled tone of horror and his voice. I got to Baghdad was told. You've got twenty four hours to come up with a phase four plan. On the night of April eight Colonel John Sterling Chief of staff of three ID came to me, and said I just got off the phone with the court chief of staff, and I asked him for the reconstruction plan, and he said there isn't one so you've got twenty four hours to come up with one. King was stunned. He had been asking for months for just such a plan and had been told that when the time came, he would be given it. Lacking clear orders about what to do once. In Baghdad, the Third Infantry Division more or less stayed in place in the capital. You didn't find many dismounted patrols with three ID recalled J. Garner a retired army general, not one to lightly criticize his old peers. Kind of stayed with their platforms. That is their. And Bradley Fighting Vehicles. On April. Sixth Lieutenant Douglas Hoyt a platoon leader with three. Id saw looters for the first time. I remembered looking through the sights on my tank at people and trying to determine if they were hostile or not, he recalled later. He didn't stop them. It was not our mission at the time. The divisions official actor Action Review. States that. It had no orders to do anything else. Quote. Third Infantry Division transitioned into phase four SASSO. That's a security and stability ops with no plan from higher H. Q. IT reported. There was no guidance for restoring order in Baghdad creating an interim government, hiring government and essential services, employees, and ensuring that the judicial system was operational. The result was. A power and authority vacuum created by our failure to immediately replace key government institutions. The president announced that our national goal was regime change. This is still reading from the thirty report. That our national goal was regime change yet. There was no timely plan prepared for the obvious consequences of regime change. As a matter of law and fact, the United States is an occupying power in Iraq even if we characterize ourselves as liberators. Because of the refusal to acknowledge our occupier, status commanders did not initially take measures available to occupying powers such as imposing curfews, directing civilians to return to work and controlling the local government in populous. The failure to act after we displaced the regime creating a power vacuum, which others immediately tried to fill. Now. I. Know that War is very confusing. Thing and nobody has a plan after the first punch thrown the fight. There were. Some decisions made in the earliest days of this war that I find pretty inexplicable specifically because they went against the advice of the military and the intelligence establishment, and they were made seemingly for ideological and political. L. Paul Bremmer he was the civilian who was. Sent over to head the Coalition Provisional Authority the CPA the civilian authority structure in Iraq.