The Agitator has a good collection of pre-War quotes showing, in part, how the War in Iraq was sold to the American public. I hadn’t seen this one from our own Gov. Daniels:
â€œThe United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from the conflict, but Iraq will not require sustained aid.â€
â€“OMB Director Mitch Daniels, quote in the Washington Post on April 21, 2003.
According to Donald Rumsfeld, Mitch Daniels’ Office of Management and Budget came up with this wildly inaccurate projection:
â€œWell, the Office of Management and Budget, has come up come up with a number thatâ€™s something under $50 billion for the cost. How much of that would be the U.S. burden, and how much would be other countries, is an open question.â€
â€“Donald Rumsfeld, January 19, 2003.
(Just, fyi, we’re over $500,000,000,000 and heading northward at a pretty good clip.)
And, there are other classics, including:
â€œSome of the higher-end predictions that we have been hearing recently, such as the notion that it will take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq, are wildly off the mark.â€
. . .
â€œBring â€˜em on. Weâ€™ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.â€
â€“President Bush, when asked if the insurgency and resulting U.S. casualties might cause him to ask for more help from U.S. allies, July 2, 2003.
But, really, what use is it looking at the past; nobody could have predicted things would shake out this way in Iraq:
â€œYet no matter how emotionally satisfying removing a thug like Saddam may seem, Americans would be wise to consider whether that step is worth the price. The inevitable U.S. military victory would not be the end of Americaâ€™s troubles in Iraq. Indeed, it would mark the start of a new round of headaches. Ousting Saddam would make Washington responsible for Iraqâ€™s political future and entangle the United States in an endless nation-building mission beset by intractable problems.â€
â€“Ted Galen Carpenter, January 14, 2002
So, let’s just look forward. In the words of Presidential candidate, John McCain (hilariously sung to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann”):