Browse Iraq Reconstruction History For Yourself
Yesterday, in partnership with the New York Times, we detailed an unpublished 513-page federal report that offers the definitive critique of the largest American nation-building effort since World War II.
The history, written by the Pentagon’s Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, has some juicy tidbits.
For example, former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is quoted as saying that in the months after the 2003 invasion, the Defense Department “kept inventing numbers of Iraqi security forces — the number would jump 20,000 a week! ‘We now have 80,000, we now have 100,000, we now have 120,000.’”
We’ve compiled highlights in a handy interactive chart.
But you can also sift through the document yourself. Our friends at the Times have built a slick document reader that allows you to quickly search all 500-plus pages. It also allows you to link to individual pages. We’ve love to hear what you find.