POST-WAR PLANS: WaPo has an interesting look at reconstruction planning. It appears that a handful of retired American generals are going to run Iraq for 90 days or so and then turn things over to an elected Iraqi government. This strikes me as a laudable plan, but rather infeasible. How one rebuilds the infrastructure of a country that has been ravaged by 20-odd years of war and 12 years of economic sanctions, creates a whole set of alien political institutions, recruits candidates, and runs a meaningful election in 90 days is beyond me. We shall see.

James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.