Friday, November 18, 2005

Dick Words

Dick on removing Saddam from Iraq - or even going into Iraq in the first place -- 1991 (after Gulf War 1)

"And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many. So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we'd achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.”

he continued on, saying

"All of a sudden you've got a battle you're fighting in a major built-up city, a lot of civilians are around, significant limitations on our ability to use our most effective technologies and techniques. Once we had rounded him up and gotten rid of his government, then the question is what do you put in its place? You know, you then have accepted the responsibility for governing Iraq."

Following it up with these pearls of wisdom:

"Now what kind of government are you going to establish? Is it going to be a Kurdish government, or a Shi'ia government, or a Sunni government, or maybe a government based on the old Baathist Party, or some mixture thereof? You will have, I think by that time, lost the support of the Arab coalition that was so crucial to our operations over there. I would guess if we had gone in there, I would still have forces in Baghdad today, we'd be running the country. We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home."


Blogger oh boy... said...

Great information
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9:06 PM  
Anonymous buckarooskidoo said...

Spotted on a protest placard "greeting" VP Cheney on his visit to eastern Oregon, circa August 2004: "No More Dicks in the White House."

Truer words were never spoken, n'est-ce pas?

10:52 PM  

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