Prepared Testimony by Ambassador Peter Galbraith Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing: Repercussions of Iraq Stabilization and Reconstruction Policies

June 12, 2003

Unfortunately, US goals in stabilizing Iraq, and creating conditions for democracy in that country were seriously undermined by the US failure to prevent catastrophic looting in Baghdad and by an uncertain and confused approach to post war governance. While Ambassador Bremer has clearly brought greater coherence to US efforts, it may be impossible to recover from the weak start to the Coalition occupation.