George Herbert Walker Bush
from his memoir, "A World Transformed" (1998)

Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible.... We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq.... there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land.

I wonder if his son read this?

Via Markoff

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Bush Jr. can read, let alone comprehend?

Well the political environment has changed 'somewhat' in the past decade or so... A bit naive to compare (not that I support W, God forbid)

Well, despite the change in political climate, the US still finds itself occupying a hostile country and from what I heard on the news, they'll probably be there for another 10 years!

So even though the political climate has changed, Saddam and his Iraq, have not ;)

And neither has the fact that killing or even finding him will probably be quite hard, if not impossible. Hell, they haven't even found Ossama yet!

wow, I read the right and left journals, all the major media, and this is the first time I've seen this. why haven't I seen numerous journalists lay this at the feet of the current prez and ask for a comment???

Thanks to amazon's new text finding feature, you can find this excerpt in page 489 of his book.

From the copy, it would appear George Sr. had something he called "principles."

I'm thinking this probably isn't hereditary.

There are some people who dont
learn from history. he.he.he.

The twenty lies of George W. Bush Monday night’s 15-minute speech by President Bush, setting a 48-hour deadline for war against Iraq, went beyond the usual distortions, half-truths, and appeals to fear and backwardness to include a remarkable number of barefaced, easily refuted lies.

It is well know that Bush jr. doesn't read. If he had just read his father's book a lot of people (including Americans) wouldn't have had such misfortune and misery the past year.

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