Sunday, August 17, 2003

Liberia/US: Pentagon quashed report urging intervention

How sad is this:
A team of 31 military specialists sent by the Defence Department to Liberia on July 7 to make recommendations for an "appropriate level of intervention" completed its analysis and delivered it within 72 hours to Air Force One during President George Bush's Africa trip that week.

The team urged the US to immediately send 2300 marines to stabilise the country and protect civilians, several officials said.

.... The report never made it to President George Bush's desk, and thus never officially existed. "The Pentagon squashed it," an Administration official said. "It was way too strong for their liking."