SDW2001;1108015]No, and either did you. Or anyone else.
Who knew? Really, I'm listening.
You said the administration didn't know what would happen.
Bush and Cheney, if you choose to believe it, said Saddam was harboring terrorists, what did they think was going to happen?
Apparently not much, they didn't have a plan to deal with it.
Who knew the enemy would protest the US trying to put them out of business.
Colin Powell, who should have had the balls to speak up sooner, now says he spent 2 and a half hours trying to talk the "Decider" out of going into Iraq.
I tried to avoid this war, Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers.
No plan to deal with the terrorists should they retaliate.
Result, a couple of thousand dead soldiers and estimates of hundreds of thousands dead Iraqis.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle2042072.ece
You're assuming there was unanimous agreement. And there wasn't.
Going to war is not like deciding to take an umbrella with you if there is a chance of rain.
Going to war where lives are at stake is serious business, something Bush obviously didn't understand.
You seem to give Bush a pass for not knowing what could happen.
He was told, and decided to gamble with lives.
Unanimous decisions are fine, as long as you take into account everything.
Bush didn't, he ignored history, understanding other cultures, and having a plan to deal with things fucking up.
Arrogant and stupid are a deadly combination.
I don't see your point. No, they didn't know they were wrong at the time.
There are some that think Bush knew the reasons for invading were wrong but went in anyway.
Personally, I think he didn't care.
I think the insurgency developed gradually and the judgement was that we were doing what was needed to deal with it. As it went on it become clear that wasn't true.
This goes to the Administration's saying Saddam was harboring terrorists.
Not recognizing the animosity, hatred, between Sunnis and Shia.
No plan to deal with this?
Letting the Guard disappear with their weapons?
Leaving munitions unguarded?
The worlds greatest superpower couldn't see this happening?
Bush's legacy, "Who knew".
Bush's rallying cry, "Fight them over there instead of here" and taking 4 years to come up with the "Surge".
Stupid for being to late.
One part of your statement is not related to the other. Its clear that Iraq has become a rallying ground for terrorists, and in some ways that does support the :over there, no her" argument. I agree that admin was too slow to respond to events over the past four years.
Saddam harboring terrorists and now becoming a rallying ground for terrorists.
Who new we would need a plan to deal with this?
Some were wrong, some weren't. That's all. And I certainly didn't hear alternatives to fighting the insurgency other than "PULLOUT! PULLOUT! WE LOSE!" from the left. Hmmm?
If the decider and his yes men took into account the havoc that would be created, maybe things would be different.
Remember this from the Weekly Standard,
When a high-ranking French leader suggested in a private meeting that President George W. Bush consider Algeria as a model for a staged disengagement from Iraq, the president reportedly listened, no doubt with that dazed attention span of a windshield wiper. Bush was said to have assured his European petitioner that he just happened to be finishing a book on the Algerian War.
The Algerian War took the lives of at least a million Muslims, uprooted French settler-colonists, known as pieds-noirs, and, according to Horne, collapsed the Fourth Republic and wrecked six French governments. Finally, President Charles de Gaulle took the bold stance of ordering a French withdrawal from Algeria.
The lesson Bush apparently draws from Horne's exhaustive study, according to Irwin Stelzer of the Weekly Standard, is that despite the price in blood and treasure, France didn't stay the course long enough in Algeria. This is not exactly what the high-ranking French official had in mind when offering up Algeria as a model for America's disengagement from Iraq.
GW Bush, the worst President in history, period.