Who said the Iraq War would pay for itself? Why, the experts did.
To mark the fifth anniversary of America’s Iraq debacle, The Nation offers words of wisdom from those who led us there, courtesy of a new book by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky, Mission Accomplished! Or, How We Won the War in Iraq: The Experts Speak (Simon & Schuster).
Here are highlights:
And a year from now, I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush. There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they’ve been liberated.
Chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board
September 22, 2003
More pearls of wisdom from Navasky and Cerf:
Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.
Freedom Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
ca. 1992, as paraphrased by Jonah Goldberg in National Review Online, April 23, 2002
Blackwater employees and other civilian contractors cannot be tried in military courts and it is unclear what American criminal laws might cover criminal acts committed in a war zone.
The New York Times
October 29, 2007
Things are better and there are encouraging signs. I have been here many years–many times over the years. Never have I been able to drive from the airport, never have I been able to go out into the city as I was today. The American people are not getting the full picture of what’s happening here.
Senator John McCain
at a news conference in the Green Zone
after completing a “walking tour” of the Shorja market
April 1, 2007.
More people get killed in New York every night than get killed in Baghdad. The fact of life is that there will never besuch a thing as one hundred percent security–it doesn’t exist.
L. Paul Bremer III
Director of the Coalition Provisional Authority