While Tom Ricks is away from his blog, he has selected a few of his greatest hits to re-run. We will be posting a few every day until he returns. This originally ran Jan. 5, 2009.
A "senior [American] officer" in Iraq explains the interagency process in the January issue of Marine Corps Gazette: "I'll tell you what interagency means. It means there's no plan, there's nobody in charge, and there's no way to fix it."
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.