Thursday :: May 19, 2005

WoT (Special Edition, Part 3)

by eriposte

To round off Part 1 and Part 2, I think the following posts by Atrios and Eric Alterman (from last year) summarize the essential truths about the WoT.


Condi Flashbacks

From Foreign Affairs, 2000:

"The lesson, too, is that if it is worth fighting for, you had better be prepared to win. Also, there must be a political game plan that will permit the withdrawal of our forces—something that is still completely absent in Kosovo."

"[The military] is not a civilian police force. It is not a political referee. And it is most certainly not designed to build a civilian society."

"Using the American armed forces as the world's "911" will degrade capabilities, bog soldiers down in peacekeeping roles, and fuel concern among other great powers that the United States has decided to enforce notions of "limited sovereignty" worldwide in the name of humanitarianism."

Look, for too long these people have swept this stuff aside by chanting "9/11 changed everything." No, 9/11 didn't change everything. What 9/11 did is prove that these people were wrong about absolutely everything. And, what Iraq has proven is they still haven't learned anything.

Eric Alterman (via Brad DeLong):

What we said before the war, in no particular order

1. The invasion of Iraq will cause, not prevent, terrorism.

2. The Bush administration was not to be trusted when it warned of the WMD threat.

3. Going in without the U.N. is worse than not going in at all.

4. They were asleep at the switch pre-9/11 and have been trying to cover this up ever since.

5. And they manipulated 9/11 as a pretext for a long-planned invasion of Iraq.

6. Any occupation by a foreign power, particularly one as incompetently planned as this one, will likely create more enemies than friends and put the U.S. in a situation similar at times to Vietnam, and at other times, similar to Israel’s occupation of Lebanon; both were disasters.

7. An invasion of Iraq will draw resources and attention away from the genuine perpetrators of the attack on us, and allow them to regroup for further attacks.

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