2012 Iraq: US State Department’s Biggest Operation Since Marshall Plan

Though much of the narrative of the past several months has been about the US military not leaving Iraq after December, the US State Department is still operating under the assumption that they are, and as such are throwing together an operation they say will be the largest since the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II.

“We’ve spent too much money and lost too many kids’ lives not to do this thing right,” insisted Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides. But putting together their own army and air force of military contractors is no small order, nor is managing 10,000 plus contractors.

Click here to read more about the State Department’s ambition at the Washington Post

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.