Carol Platt Liebau: Desert Storm Legacy

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Desert Storm Legacy

Austin Bay wonders whether James Baker learned anything from the the error made by the Bush I Administration in 1991, when it defeated Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War but then allowed him to stay in power.

Interestingly, the first President Bush has been condemned for having failed to "finish the job" in Iraq -- but now the second President Bush is being told that it's time to start a "phased withdrawal" of troops, whether the job is finished, or not. (Oh, and by the way, here's a little refresher course on what prominent Dems -- many now desperately looking for an exit strategy -- had to say about going to war with Iraq just a few short years ago.).

James Baker's Iraq Study Group will be fine if (as Bay suggests) its report produces "a set of policy recommendations palatable to Democrats and Republicans -- in other words, consensus political cover that allows the sober and wise to continue to support Iraq's war for freedom and modernity." But if it's just another way to drive consensus for "peace with honor," it's a disaster in the making.

5 Comments:

Blogger Editor said...

Yes, and we all remember Bush saying he needed to show 100% support to get UN resolutions enforced and going to war would be the last resort. Then Bush decided to go to war while inspectors were saying there were no WMDs.

James Baker is a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group that invests and owns a large pecentage of the military contracting industry. Certainly, he will recommend we stay in Iraq for decades.

James Baker has the legacy preventing the recount of votes in the 2000 presidential election that put into office the worst President in US history.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

What is it with all these "Independent" Commissions, anyway? I thought we elected Congressmen, Senators, and Presidents to debate the issues and make decisions.

5:32 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Have the Democrats captured bin Laden yet?

8:06 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

Bush said he didn't care about Bin Laden. That was after he wanted him dead or alive and couldn't find him and he was surrounded in Tora Bora and before he wanted him captured in a late interview. So that is three flips and a big flop on the issue.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

So, Editor, are you saying the Democrats have given up on finding Bin Laden already? And it's all because they're following Bush's lead?!?!?

8:07 AM  

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