Slow Adventures in Slothville

August 16, 2004

Monday Mini – Chimp Sr.

Filed under: Politics — shhville @ 10:24 am

Good Morning! Today we begin with McSweeney's Daily Reason to Dispatch Bush:

DAY 95:
In his memoir A World Transformed (1998), George Bush Sr. wrote:
"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 consciously trying to set a pattern for 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."
(Sources: Thomas M. DeFrank, "Book: Poppy Opposed Dubya's War," Daily News, April 6, 2004. See article at: David T. Pyne, "Not Too Late for an Iraqi Exit Strategy,", Nov. 19, 2003.


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