Back in December, 2004 this blog was after the details of Bernie Kerik’s brief, mouvementé tour of duty in Iraq. We discovered that, essentially, he did nothing constructive, posed with South African mercs, and vanished into the distance after the first big carbombs, leaving the mess to DCC Douglas Brand of South Yorkshire Police and a couple of MOD Plod volunteers to clean up.
A little more information trickled out this week in a Grauniad story by Patrick “Unseasonably Mild” Wintour. It seems that he had a chat with Andrew Bearpark, the British civil servant who was the CPA’s Operations Director, having once been Margaret Thatcher’s private secretary. Bearpark strongly criticised the US leadership of the CPA, and bears out the account in that post of Kerik’s departure and Brand’s elevation.
Namely, Doug Brand was summoned from the job of policing Sheffield to replace Kerik as chief police advisor for all of Iraq, but the US refused to accept this and insisted on limiting his role to one CPA region (North), a job in which he was the only policeman in Iraq who didn’t carry a gun. I do, however, slightly doubt Bearpark and Sir Jeremy Greenstock’s accounts of events at the CPA. After all, they must have been responsible for something, and..well…he worked for Maggie Thatcher, which does sound a tad like the Heritage Foundation selection process for US CPA men. This may be a little unfair, actually – he was Paddy Ashdown’s No.2 in Bosnia as well, and he’s a proper civil servant rather than a spad.
It is true, though, that various US panjandrums have regretted that “two of the finest civil servants I have encountered…were not brought into full participation by the American side.