Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Only Winning Move is Not to Play

Informed Comment pointed me to a Vanity Fair piece that interviews famous neocons about their views on the progress we've made in Iraq.

Interestingly, they basically blame Bush for being a dumbass and lousing up their brilliant plan.

Richard Perle admits that in retrospect it wasn't such a good idea to invade Iraq.
"[I]f I had been delphic, and had seen where we are today, and people had said, 'Should we go into Iraq?,' I think now I probably would have said, 'No, let's consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists.'"
You know, I recall participating in the largest peace protests the world has ever seen prior to the Iraq war. There were a lot of people around the globe who thought this might turn out badly. And Mr. Perle thinks you need to be an oracle to have known this one was going down to disaster?

That gets the big "Fuck You" from Safety Neal.


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trp0 said...

You don't have to be an oracle to know Iraq was not going to be a good thing to do, all you had to do was objectively assess the information available at the time. It's a great example of refusing to listen to anyone who does not share your ideology and why rejecting the analysis of seasoned intelligence officers and instead "cherry-picking" only those items that support your preconceptions is a Bad Thing (tm).

Seems to me that before the invasion, a TON of respected, seasoned military and non-military folks were silenced and ignored when they predicted EXACTLY what ended up happening because they had experience in the area and knew the challanges that would be faced based on the (lack of) planning that was being done.

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