Video Surfaces of Cheney, in 1994, Warning That An Invasion of Iraq Would Lead to'Quagmire'Apparently Cheney now thinks 3700+ Americans are worth it.
Q: Do you think the U.S., or U.N. forces, should have moved into Baghdad?
Q: Why not?
A: Because if we'd gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn't have been anybody else with us. There would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq.
Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein's government, then what are you going to put in its place? That's a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you could very easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off: part of it, the Syrians would like to have to the west, part of it -- eastern Iraq -- the Iranians would like to claim, they fought over it for eight years. In the north you've got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey.
It's a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq.
The other thing was casualties. Everyone was impressed with the fact we were able to do our job with as few casualties as we had. But for the 146 Americans killed in action, and for their families -- it wasn't a cheap war. And the question for the president, in terms of whether or not we went on to Baghdad, took additional casualties in an effort to get Saddam Hussein, was how many additional dead Americans is Saddam worth?
VIA Bob Harris @ This Modern World we learn that the FCC's draconian measures on 'obscenity' apparently don't apply to KUNT. Ohh, and dyslexics of the world KCUF!
And now to the other side of the
And skippy follows up on an important Freedom of Speech issue that we wanted to report on, but just didn't have the time (skippy is a stand up guy, but when we tried it and the hecklers said don't quit your day job, we believed them;-)
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