It's Not The Invasion Part We Have Trouble With
New Duranty: NASHVILLE — President Bush delivered a rousing defense of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, mixing faith and foreign policy as he told a group of Christian broadcasters that his policies in the region were predicated on the beliefs that freedom was a God-given right and “every human being bears the image of our maker.”
In a 42-minute speech to the National Religious Broadcasters convention, Mr. Bush called upon European allies to step up their efforts in Afghanistan, and conceded that recent security gains in Iraq “are tenuous, they’re reversible and they’re fragile.” Still, he insisted his troop buildup there is succeeding.
“The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency,” Mr. Bush said, to a standing ovation. “It is the right decision at this point in my presidency, and it will forever be the right decision.”
I agree the initial invasion was the right decision, it's the staying to hold Iraq together part I disagree with. I doubt anyone who supported the initial invasion would have done so had they known in advance it would wind up costing 3 trillion dollars and keep our military tied down for 5 years with no end in sight.
Posted on 03/12/2008 11:38 AM by Rebecca Bynum
12 Mar 2008
There is simply no excuse for not knowing that it would last 5+ years and cost trillions of dollars. That was completely obvious to anyone not mired in total self-delusion.
12 Mar 2008
Not true. We could have pulled out immediately after finding Saddam in December 2003 and having thoroughly looked for,but not found WMD. Spring 2004 was not too early to begin a draw-down that might have been completed by the end of the summer. That's what I expected. Nation-building and keeping the peace between rival sects weren't originally on the agenda -- no one was told we would be "remaking" Iraq -- that came, almost smuggled in, during the latter part of that first year.