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Iraq Lessons: Will They Be Heeded?

April 11, 2013 | Viola Gienger

Stuart Bowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction who has calculated that the U.S. “wasted” at least $8 billion of the $60 billion spent in the years after the invasion, recalls talking to American officials there in 2004. He asked what lessons were being applied from the reconstruction experience after the Balkan wars.

“The answer was, `This isn’t the Balkans,’ “ Bowen recalled this week during a panel discussion at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C.  The response presaged the mistakes made in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, in part because previous experiences that were relevant weren’t heeded, he said.

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