In the fall of 2002, several months before the United States and its allies invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein dispatched more than 1,000 security and intelligence officers to two military facilities near Baghdad where they underwent two months of guerrilla training, according to a secret U.S. military intelligence report. Anticipating his defeat, intelligence reports show, the Iraqi dictator began laying the foundation for an insurgency as Washington worked to convince the United Nations and allies around the world that Saddam had to go.
Saddam may be crazy, but he’s not nuts. Insurgency was obviously the only viable option for the Saddam loyalists to deal with an invasion from a vastly superior military.
Why weren’t we expecting and planning for it?