When President Bush declared the end of “major combat operations” in Iraq on May 1st, many understood the statement to mean that the war was over. But since then, American military forces have faced increasingly harsh, increasingly organized resistance. Dozens of American soldiers have been killed in the past six weeks. Saddam loyalists have been blamed, and now they’re the targets of a renewed U.S. military crack down.
More than 100 Iraqis have been killed in the last few weeks. And while some say that the current resistance to American occupation is inevitable and manageable, critics claim that the U.S. underestimated the challenges its military would face in a post-war Iraq. Opposition and new objectives in the aftermath.
Mike Vickers, Director of Strategic Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Retired Army Colonel Robert Killebrew, a former Army planner.