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'I Thought The Iraqis Were Muslims'

Raise your hand if you find this surprising. Former Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith is claiming President George W. Bush was unaware that there

Raise your hand if you find this surprising.

Former Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith is claiming President George W. Bush was unaware that there were two major sects of Islam just two months before the President ordered troops to invade Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

In his new book, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created A War Without End, Galbraith, the son of the late economist John Kenneth Galbraith, claims that American leadership knew very little about the nature of Iraqi society and the problems it would face after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

A year after his "Axis of Evil" speech before the U.S. Congress, President Bush met with three Iraqi Americans, one of whom became postwar Iraq's first representative to the United States. The three described what they thought would be the political situation after the fall of Saddam Hussein. During their conversation with the President, Galbraith claims, it became apparent to them that Bush was unfamiliar with the distinction between Sunnis and Shiites.

Galbraith reports that the three of them spent some time explaining to Bush that there are two different sects in Islam -- to which the President allegedly responded, "I thought the Iraqis were Muslims!"

After 9/11, immediately before the U.S. was poised to invade Iraq, the president still wasn't aware of the schism that threatened stability in the country he was about to occupy. Typical.

--Guest Post by Steve Benen, The Carpetbagger Report

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