Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Now They Tell Us!

GOI: Great article from Salon about some high-level critics to the Iraq war only coming out now:

Two erstwhile loyalists have come out roaring against President George W. Bush this past week, attacking not just his conduct of the war in Iraq but the foundations of his foreign policy generally.

The critics are retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, a longtime friend and former national security adviser of Bush's father, who attacks his targets in a profile by Jeffrey Goldberg in the latest issue of The New Yorker, and retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, another admirer of Bush Sr. and Colin Powell's former chief of staff, who launched his artillery in an Oct. 19 speech at the New America Foundation.

Scowcroft, besides voicing dismay over the invasion of Baghdad, slashes the administration—especially his old friend Dick Cheney and his own former underling Condoleezza Rice—for their "evangelical" notion that they can export democracy at the point of a gun.

"This was said to be part of the war on terror, but Iraq feeds terrorism," Scowcroft told the magazine (The New Yorker magazine).

Wilkerson goes further, charging Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with running foreign policy like a "cabal"—worse still, an "incompetent" cabal that has "courted disaster in Iraq, in North Korea, in Iran." He says they've gotten away with it because the president is "not versed in international relations and not much interested in them either."

There's nothing novel about the substance of these critiques; many analysts have made similar points for quite a while. The startling thing here is the critics—consummate insiders, veteran military officers, who as a rule don't reveal secrets or attack presidents, especially those named Bush.

GOI: In related news:

Judith Yaphe, who was the CIA's senior analyst on Iraq during the first Gulf War, says Iraq is "open to terrorism in a way that it was not before."

Similarly, Vincent Cannistraro, a former chief of counterterrorism at the CIA under presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, says the Iraq war "accelerated terrorism" by "metastasizing" Al Qaeda.

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Underground Logician said...

Don't know about you, James, but I prefer that our military take on the terrorists in Iraq, over say, in Chicago, Green Bay, New York City, Houston, LA, Seattle, Portland, Colorado Springs,...

james said...


I agree with you that we should fight them in Iraq and I also believe that we owe it to the people of Iraq to stay until the job is complete.

However, I also believe Scowcroft and the others cited in this article that the invasion of Iraq has created more terrorists then it had before invasion.

The terrorists were not in Iraq, they were in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Went went to war in Iraq over weapons of mass destruction not terrorism and only AFTER the invasion did the terrorists start pouring in.

Underground Logician said...

Yes, I see your point though I disagree with the possible implication that our being in Iraq has created more terrorists per se. If anything, we are drawing terrorist into Iraq.

Scowcroft is not thinking in terms of 9/11. In a world now changed forever, we cannot afford to have pre-9/11 thinking like the previous administrations have had for which he served. Back then, Bush was under U.N. mandate and he followed it to the letter by refusing to go into Baghdad and turn it into an ash tray. (I do recall the democrats raising hell over that, though. Hypocrites)

After 9/11, we had a ruthless dictator who posed a threat to a region, who DID pursue "yellow cake" from Niger (that would be according to Joe Wilson's self-contradictory testimony to the Senate Intelligence Commitee), as well as did pursue the development of weapons of mass destruction which he had used; we are no longer in a position to justify any hesitation on our part when we have witnessed the desecration of our national security. We cannot think like we did. We are not immune from attack.

The terrorists made a statement on 9/11, now we make ours. We know now of what they are capable, and we will not, if we are responsible to protect our citizenry, allow these evil men to get any advantage over us and kill innocent people ever again. I hope we continue to make our statement over and over again until it's done.

crimnos said...

I know, right, facts and verification are SO pre-9/11 thinking. XD

Also, I thought the honeypot theory was out of fashion these days?

Chris said...

To bad Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11.

james said...


Yep, and those WMD's are in Syria after all so we better invade them too! ;)