Col. McGregor, a maverick in the Army, had Rummy's ear. Newt Gingrich of all people was also in on the deliberations. They wanted to sweep into Baghdad kind of like we did with only 50,000 troops. 50K in a city the size of NY with 6 million people. The Army initially wanted an overwhelming force of 500,000 troops. They settled on a hybrid plan of 140,000 troops (plus those 2000 Polish troops). And the result of this is the mess we know & hate today. Gen. Shinseki was asked a few wks. befor the war by Sen. Levin "how many forces needed after combat is over?" Shinseki - "something on the order of several hundred thousand. a fairly significant piece of geography with ethnic tensions that can create other problems." Rumsfeld said Shinseki's estimate is "far from the mark." Wolfowitz concurred "the notion of hundreds of thousands of American troops is off the mark." The Army thought they were full of sh!t of course and told Congress so. The dissenters in the Army were pushed to the side.