Thursday :: Dec 1, 2005

Nation-Building Flip Flop

by Steve

Bush then:

I think we've got to be very careful when we commit our troops. The vice president and I have a disagreement about the use of troops. He believes in nation building. I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place. So I would take my responsibility seriously.
--George W. Bush, First Gore-Bush debate, October 3, 2000

Bush now:

A broad Pentagon directive issued this week orders the U.S. military to be sure, the next time it goes to war, to prepare more thoroughly for picking up the pieces afterward.
More than a year in the making, the directive represents an ambitious attempt to bring about a fundamental, permanent widening in what U.S. troops are trained and equipped to do. Accustomed to focusing primarily on combat operations, U.S. forces under the new order must now give post-conflict stability operations similar priority, which means they must be ready in foreign countries to carry out such tasks as developing political institutions, establishing judicial systems and reviving economic activities.
--Washington Post, this morning, in time for his next mistakes into Iran and Syria

Well, at least we can rest easy now, albeit years too late, that Bush and Rummy will be better prepared to rebuild other nations after we invade and "liberate" them, right? I know that his good buddy Ariel Sharon is ready to put on the spurs and make Iran safe for the world right now.

And I'm sure the generals have signed off on this, knowing that they have plenty of troops for such missions, right? Right?

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