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Ex-general: War planners did not expect insurgency

One of the nation’s top generals during the invasion of Iraq said Thursday that the insurgency took U.S. military leaders by surprise because they believed the assurances of Iraqi opposition groups and defectors that American forces would be welcomed. Gen. John Keane, who served as the Army’s vice chief of staff during the war and who has since retired, told the House Armed Services Committee: “We did not see it coming. And we were not properly prepared and organized to deal with it. . . . Many of us got seduced by the Iraqi exiles in terms of what the outcome would be.” Keane’s testimony echoes a recent admission by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who told the House committee last month that the Bush administration mistakenly believed the capture of top Iraqi leaders would quell insurgent violence. Full Story

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