What might have been

The following is an alternate history of the war in Iraq that considers some of the choices civilian and military leaders could have made—and in our world failed to make—that might have produced a less catastrophic aftermath to the 2003 invasion. Click through the links to compare this counterfactual with what has actually happened so far.

Baghdad, March 20, 2007— A lot has been accomplished since Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched in March 2003. Saddam Hussein was overthrown, a new federal constitution established, free elections held, and oil production increased to 3.5 million barrels per day; the economy is booming. How was this achieved in only 4 short years? Good planning.

It could have been otherwise, but thanks to newly leaked memos we now know that the Administration, the Pentagon, and the State Department fortunately heeded the advice of top level officials working on the “Future of Iraq Project.”

Even before the decision to liberate Iraq from Ba’athist tyranny was made, the Administration had the foresight to assemble a crack team drawn from the highest corporate, academic and bureaucratic levels to devise contingency plans for a post-war Iraq. The Future of Iraq Project (FIP) labored mostly out of sight of the public for more than a year before liberation took place.

Fully informed of the Department of Defense ‘s war plans, the FIP reorganized itself into the Provisional Civil Authority (PCA) in December 2002, establishing various departments with clearly outlined post-war responsibilities. The PCA departments included Security, Politics, Reconstruction, Economics, and Civil Administration. The PCA staff grew to more than 8,000 experts just before liberation.

Click the headline for the rest of this fascinating study of what might have been.

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