Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Cheney Called Iraq Invasion "Quagmire" in 1994
"In an April 15, 1994 interview Cheney said he did not think U.S. or U.N. forces should have moved into Baghdad in 1991, explaining:
"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." (source)
...The first thing I thought is Kerry and Edwards are calling their former campaign managers asking (using many profanities) why they didn't have this sound byte to use during the '04 election. This is no big scandal to me. 9/11 hadn't happened in 1994. The general public was unaware of al Qaeda's presence and/or mission (to kill all infidels). The big segment of the public wasn't really behind the Gulf War because what did we care if Saddam invaded Kuwait?
Should the post-war scenario have been better planned? Of course. Is there anything we can do to change that now? No. We have to stop looking back and figure out how we can get some semblance of stability in the government, some safeguards in place against Syria and Iran moving into Iraq and get our troops out of that cesspool.