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In all the letters devoted to “should we/should we not” have invaded Iraq, reading George Bush the First’s “A World Transformed,” which he wrote with Brent Scowcroft 10 years before Bush the Second’s invasion.

In answer to why the first George Bush left Saddam Hussein in power at the end of the Gulf War, he wrote that to eliminate Saddam would have incurred “incalculable human and political costs. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well … “

“Furthermore, we had been self-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 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. It would have been a dramatically different ” and perhaps barren ” outcome.”



Too bad George W. Bush doesn’t read much.

Sam Bernstein




Nevada City


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