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Advice Ignored

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003 · No Comments

OK, so I know this is already all over the Web, but it’s the first I’ve seen it, so I’m posting it here (thanks, Suzanne, for passing along).

George H.W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft wrote the following (page 489) in “A World Transformed,” Bush Sr.’s biography: “Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in ‘mission creep,’ and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs … We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.’s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different — and perhaps barren — outcome.”

If only Bush Jr. had read his father’s book.

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