<center><h1><a href=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/21/60minutes/main618896.shtml>Dereliction of Dutyy</a></h1></center> <blockquote>The current situation in Iraq was destined to happen, says Zinni, because planning for the war and its aftermath has been flawed all along. "There has been poor strategic thinking in this...poor operational planning and execution on the ground," says Zinni, who served as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command from 1997 to 2000. Zinni blames the poor planning on the civilian policymakers in the administration, known as neo-conservatives, who saw the invasion as a way to stabilize the region and support Israel. He believes these people, who include Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense, have hijacked U.S. foreign policy. "They promoted it and pushed [the war]... even to the point of creating their own intelligence to match their needs. Then they should bear the responsibility," Zinni tells Kroft.</blockquote> Why is it that retired, and active duty, top US brass continue to criticize and excoriate Dubbyuh's cabal of neocon chickenhawks for their pursuit and conduct of the war in Iraq? Why does the input of civilian, ideologically driven policy wonks out weight the input from experienced, battle-tested officers? McArthur was right.