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Friday, April 30, 2004
Who's Bremer Picking in the Derby? In February 2001, Current Iraq administrator J. Pual Bremer observed that the newly-installed Bush administration was not taking the threat of terrorism seriously enough, and predicted a sudden awakening after "a major incident." From Reuters:
"The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism," Bremer said in remarks to the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation.

"What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh, my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?"'

"That's too bad. They've been given a window of opportunity with very little terrorism now, and they're not taking advantage of it. Maybe the folks in the press ought to be pushing a little bit."

With prognostications like that, perhaps he'll find his post-June 30th calling as a handicapper. The only thing he got wrong was the reaction: Instead of saying "shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?" the administration suddenly said, "Oh, my God, shouldn't we go seize Iraq's oil fields?"