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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:09 PM
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Quote of the year from James Baker III
from Work Hard, Study...and Keep Out of Politics!: Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life by James A. Baker III, with Steve Fiffer

...If Saddam were captured and his regime toppled, American forces would still have been confronted with the specter of a military occupation of indefinite duration to pacify a country and sustain a government in power. The ensuing urban warfare would surely have resulted in more casualties to American GIs than the war itself, thus creating a political firestorm at home. And as much as Saddam's neighbors wanted to see him gone, they feared Iraq would fragment in unpredictable ways that would play into the hands of the mullahs in Iran, who could export their brand of Islamic fundamentalism with the help of Iraq's Shiites and quickly transform themselves into a dominant regional power. Finally, the Security Council resolution under which we were operating authorized us to use force only to kick Iraq out of Kuwait, nothing more. As events have amply dem-onstrated, these concerns were valid. I am no longer asked why we did not remove Saddam in 1991!

via www.nybooks.com/articles/19773 .
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AikidoSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:50 PM
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1. Baker's words are like needles abrading Bush Jr's neanderthal
version of manhood. Forever in competition with his dad and his associates -- he rejects anything that resembes intellectual analysis. Bush will be stuck in apeland forever.
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liberalla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 07:29 AM
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2. "stuck in apeland" or "stuck in apeland forever"
Hmmm. I really like that. Good title for a book or maybe a movie?
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