In an interview with the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld tries out a new excuse for his ill-conceived 2003 invasion of Iraq. In short, blame Turkey. Said Rumsfeld:
One big disappointment was that the Turkish Parliament prevented [U.S. Army] General [Tommy] Franks from bringing a division in from the north. And of course, the northern part of the country below the Kurdish area was heavily Sunni. That inability to bring military forces in from the north provided a haven for the Saddamists to avoid being captured or killed during the major combat operations — which I don’t doubt contributed to the insurgency.