"I remember the secretary of defense saying that he would fire the next
person that said that," Scheid said. "We would not do planning for Phase 4
operations, which would require all those additional troops that people talk
"He said we will not do that because the American public will not back
us if they think we are going over there for a long war."
...."In his own mind he thought we could go in and fight and take out
the regime and come out. But a lot of us planners were having a real hard time
with it because we were also thinking we can't do this. Once you tear up a
country you have to stay and rebuild it. It was very challenging."