<center><h1><a href=http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040416-9999-7m16zinni.html>Warnings ignored, says retired Marine</a></h1></center> By Rick Rogers <blockquote>April 16, 2004 Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni wondered aloud yesterday how Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be caught off guard by the chaos in Iraq that has killed nearly 100 Americans in recent weeks and led to his announcement that 20,000 U.S. troops would be staying there instead of returning home as planned. "I'm surprised that he is surprised because there was a lot of us who were telling him that it was going to be thus," said Zinni, a Marine for 39 years and the former commander of the U.S. Central Command. "Anyone could know the problems they were going to see. How could they not?"</blockquote> The utter lack of post war planning is evident to all but the mentally deficient. The Administration preffered the ideologically driven advice of the chickenhawk neo-cons over the reccomendations of seasoned field commanders. Such incompetence should be severely punished.