Another cog gone from the wheels of the war machine:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s most senior adviser on Iraq is leaving the State Department to return to his teaching job.
Philip D. Zelikow is the best-known member of Rice’s academic brain trust at the State Department, and the author of sometimes contrarian appraisals of the Iraq conflict and reconstruction effort. He holds the title counselor, a sort of adviser without portfolio.
When Zelikow returned, according to the Bob Woodward book “State of Denial,” he wrote a secret memo characterizing Iraq as “a failed state” two years after the U.S.-led invasion. In September 2005, he wrote a memo estimating a 70 percent chance of success in achieving a stable, democratic Iraq, and what he called a “significant risk” of “catastrophic failure,” the book said.