Monday, June 04, 2007

Bush & Knollenberg Ignore History

George Bush and Joe Knollenberg's war in Iraq has been a debacle.

Too bad neither of them has enough curiousity to read a book -- or investigate before taking such a drastic action as going to war. And they wouldn't have had to look far to get a tremendous amount of information.

Daddy Bush and his cronies was smart enough to not try to take over Iraq. They predicted that taking over Iraq would be disasterous. Daddy Bush's cabinet had much better insight into the situation than Jr. and Joe Knollenberg.

Gen. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF: On the question of going to Baghdad_ if you remember the Vietnam war, we had no international legitimacy for what we did. As
a result, we, first of all, lost the battle in world public opinion. Eventually,
we lost the battle at home.

In the Gulf war, we had great international legitimacy in the form of eight United Nations resolutions, every one of which said, "Kick Iraq out of Kuwait." Did not say one word about going into Iraq, taking Baghdad, conquering the whole country and- and hanging Saddam Hussein. That's point number one.

Point number two- had we gone on to Baghdad, I don't believe the French would have gone and I'm quite sure that the Arab coalition would not have gone. The coalition would have ruptured and the only people that would have gone would have been the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

And, oh, by the way, I think we'd still be there. We'd be like a dinosaur in a tar pit. We could not have gotten out and we'd still be the occupying power and we'd be paying 100 percent of all the costs to administer all of Iraq.

Even Dick Cheney said it would have been wrong to try to take over Iraq. Cheney said:

we'd have had to put another government in its place.

What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?

I think it is vitally important for a President to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U.S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq."

Yes. Cheney knew that invading Iraq would result in an endless war. Did Bush Jr. and Joe Knollenberg not know, not care, or not know what to do?

Even though the experts warned that it would result in an endless and bloody war, Joe Knollenberg has consistently voted to give George Bush a blank check on Iraq.

Joe Knollenberg's War In Iraq Has Failed.
We need New Leadership to Fix This Mess.

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