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Thursday, November 06, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl
Misperceptions on the war - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED:

"Democrats should continue to criticize Mr. Bush as they see fit for rushing to war without a coalition, for frequently trivializing how hard and costly it would be to stabilize and rebuild Iraq, and for making mistakes in the early going of the stabilization mission. These critiques are substantive, fair and politically useful. But many of the other themes commonly heard from Democrats today are none of the above."

I disagree about needing to build a coalition. It is a waste of energy trying to persuade governments that are working against us to join us in a military mission. Moreover, in its history, the UN has been much better at postponing difficult decisions on war and peace than on acting decisively and solving international problems. I do agree, however, that the Bush administration did not seem to put adequate thought into what they would do when we took control of Baghdad. It's likely that the Pentagon didn't think we would "win" so quickly, and instead expected the Baathists to take a final stand and fight house to house in the capital. Obviously events turned out differently than expected, there was no moat of burning oil around the city, there was no chemical attack on our advancing troops, and there were very few snipers and troops in the city itself. That doesn't excuse the fact that we didn't know what to do next. It sounds like we're figuring it out now; I hope it isn't too late.

Read the rest of this article, it's a good assessment of why the Democratic Presidential candidates are going to lose credibility as time progresses.


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