Wednesday, July 14, 2004This Is What Happens When Naughty Boys Don't Listen To Daddy
I've seen this quote before, but not since I started the blog. And it's just so gratifying, it really deserves to be laid out there as often as possible.
Who said this?
Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible...We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq...there was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern of handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.
Were these words spoken by some America-hating liberal? Some Bush-bashing anti-war type? A Saddam-loving protester, perhaps?
Nope. Those words were written by George H. W. Bush, reflecting on the first Iraq War, in his book "A World Transformed."
George W. Bush: making his father look better by comparison since 1946.
George H.W. Bush: a liberal traitor according to Fox News
The Republican Party: eating itself alive