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Anarchy, civilian casualties and terrorism... just some of the things that DIDN'T happen in Iraq (according to Rumsfeld memo)

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Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldn mid-2004, after U.S forces had been fighting in Iraq for just over a year, the then Defense Secretary ordered the Pentagon to draw up a list of potential catastrophes that had been avoided.

The document - dubbed the 'What did not happen' memo - was drawn up to make the embattled politician feel better.

It outlines 29 eventualities that Pentagon officials had apparently planned for, but which had not yet happened - like 'Saddam uses WMD against U.S. or allied forces'.

But it also listed ten things that did eventually happen, and for which the invasion forces were clearly not prepared, including:

  • Iraq descends into anarchy
  • Iraq becomes Balkanized
  • There are mass Iraqi casualties
  • The oil infrastructure is severely damaged or destroyed
  • Disruption of oil production causes widespread economic problems
  • Another state (e.g. North Korea) takes advantage of U.S. focus on Iraq
  • There is widespread vigilante justice
  • Shi'a holy sites are damaged or destroyed
  • A revolt of the 'Arab street' in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, or Jordan causes political instability
  • There is a dramatic surge in terrorist recruitment

Rumsfeld commissioned the memo in July 2004, just over a year after the initial invasion and four months after the lynching of four Blackwater mercenaries in Fallujah marked the beginning of a bloody insurgency.

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