11 July 2006

James Webb's Iraq Statement

Former Reagan Navy Secretary James Webb, in a USA Today opinion piece, recently accused Bush of having "committed the greatest strategic blunder in modern memory. To put it bluntly, he attacked the wrong target. While he boasts of removing Saddam Hussein from power, he did far more than that. He decapitated the government of a country that was not directly threatening the United States and, in so doing, bogged down a huge percentage of our military in a region that never has known peace. Our military is being forced to trade away its maneuverability in the wider war against terrorism while being placed on the defensive in a single country that never will fully accept its presence."

Webb then resorted to the older notion of conservatism so as to distinguish himself and his grouping from the neophytes in the White House.

"There is no historical precedent for taking such action when our country was not being directly threatened. The reckless course that Bush and his advisers have set will affect the economic and military energy of our nation for decades. It is only the tactical competence of our military that, to this point, has protected him from the harsh judgment that he deserves."

5 comments:

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

It is true, Bush has done so much damage to the United States and Iraq that it will be felt for decades.

dancer said...

Now just wait a minute! Didn't we go into this war to get rid of the Weapons of Mass Destructions from Iraq. We've done that. The only things they have found are a few relics from 20-30 years ago.

So we can declare victory and go home now, right?

Karlo said...

if we want to stop the proliferation of wmd, a good 1st step would be to stop selling them

Tetsuo said...

If there wasn't a purge of the Baath party members from the army, and the government was actually allowed to govern and represent the people it probably wouldn't be so bad.


Saddam was a dick, but he was also toothless. Like Castro. Wrong war at the wrong time.

CyberKitten said...

It would appear that Former Reagan Navy Secretary James Webb is a smart man.

Karlo said: if we want to stop the proliferation of wmd, a good 1st step would be to stop selling them

[rotflmao]. That's *so* true....