Tuesday, September 12, 2006
A few quotes
"I am often asked why we are in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks," Mr Bush said. "The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat. My administration, the Congress, and the United Nations saw the threat - and after 9/11, Saddam's regime posed a risk that the world could not afford to take.
"The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power."
The world is now safer, got it? The world is safer, a threat is gone.
Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone. They will not leave us alone. They will follow us," Mr Bush said.
"If we yield Iraq to men like bin Laden, our enemies will be emboldened ... they will gain a new safe haven ... and they will use Iraq's resources to fuel their extremist movement."
Wait a minute... it sounds like there's a new threat. One that's every bit as dangerous as Saddam Hussein.
How can the world be safer if, instead of a few weeks to depose a tyrant, it's taken years of continued high levels of troops and hundreds of billions of dollars to avert a completely different threat?
How can the world be safer, as a result of the invasion, if one threat's been replaced by a new one? Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with al Qaida... but if we leave now, it might strengthen al Qaida.
The world as a whole might, in fact, be safer. I don't think it is, but even if it was, Bush has just admitted that the actual threat to the United States has become higher, and requires continual military action to fight it.