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The Rape of MesopotamiaBehind the Looting of the Iraq Museum$
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Lawrence Rothfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226729459

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226729435.001.0001

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Getting to the Postwar Planning Table

Getting to the Postwar Planning Table

(p.34) Three Getting to the Postwar Planning Table
The Rape of Mesopotamia
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This chapter discusses the postwar planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It suggests that neither Tommy Franks of the Central Command nor the U.S. Department of Defense wanted anything to do with the State Department's postcombat plans called the Future of Iraq Project. The chapter contends that the coordination of planning for the post-combat phase was certainly hobbled by sheer antagonism between the Pentagon, the uniformed military, and the State Department. It argues that direct consultations between American or British government, war planners, and archaeological groups would have prevented the looting of the National Museum and the depredation of Iraq's archaeological sites.

Keywords:   post-war planning, 2003 Iraq invasion, Tommy Franks, Department of Defense, State Department, Future of Iraq, National Museum, archaeological sites, uniformed military, archaeological groups

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