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Elder Bush was right

Back in November 2003, Julia Carol expressed her thoughts in The Union about how the current President Bush missed his chance of enlightenment from his father. I find her thoughts are even more relevant now:

In his memoirs, “A World Transformed,” written five years ago, George H.W. Bush wrote the following to explain why he didn’t go after Saddam Hussein at the end of the Gulf War.

“Trying to eliminate Saddam Hussein … 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 an occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations’ mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hope to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.”

If only his son could read.




Bill Combs

Grass Valley


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