Monday, December 05, 2005

 

Only half the problem

And I wish the experts, pundits and press would start mentioning the other half.
What Would J.F.K. Have Done?

By THEODORE C. SORENSEN and ARTHUR SCHLESINGER Jr.


The responsibility for devising an exit plan rests primarily not with the war's opponents, but with the president who hastily launched a pre-emptive invasion without enough troops to secure Iraq's borders and arsenals, without enough armor to protect our forces, without enough allied support and without adequate plans for either a secure occupation or a timely exit.
The other half of the problem is that, not only did Bush launch "a pre-emptive invasion without enough troops to secure Iraq's borders and arsenals, without enough armor to protect our forces, without enough allied support and without adequate plans for either a secure occupation or a timely exit", he did it despite being warned in advance that he was launching his invasion without enough troops, armor, or plans.

How many times do we have to point this out? It's not like all the (countless and horrifying) problems in Iraq are or should be considered a surprise. Every single one was predicted by prominent critics, who were dismissed almost out of hand. Some, like Gen. Shinseki, had their careers destroyed by the Boy King Putz in the White House for daring to publicly gainsay His Omniscientness.

Anyway, just because Bush was caught with his pants down is no reason for everyone else to pretend they were, too - in fact, it's even more reason to castigate Bush - after all, he's not just everyone else - he's The Man, with the ultimate responsibility. He can't be permitted to get away with pretending he didn't know that he didn't have enough troops and those troops didn't have enough armor. Didn't care, yes; didn't know, not possible.

Oh, and he also lied about the WMD, in order to get us into his disastrous, unnecessary war in the first place. But we can hardly expect the press - which served as Bush's pre-war cheerleaders - to have the honesty, decency and guts to admit that they facilitated this disastrous war based on a lie they helped spread.
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