It is all here, in technicolor. I am still haunted by that phrase, "hard to imagine." It wasn’t just Paul Wolfowitz who came up short. As I note in this interview, I once thought keeping a residual military force in Iraq was a good idea.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.