Official Says U.S. Rushed to War in Iraq

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A top U.S. official for aid to Iraq has accused the Bush administration of rushing unprepared into the 2003 invasion because of pressures from President Bush's approaching reelection campaign. Robin Raphel, the State Department's coordinator for Iraq assistance, said that the invasion's timing was driven by 'clear political pressure,' as well as by the need to quickly deploy the U.S. troops that had been amassed by the Iraq border. Soon after the invasion, Raphel said, it became clear that U.S. officials 'could not run a country we did not understandÂ…. It was very much amateur hour.'

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