Prophetic Perle

It’s a been one year since neocon grand dragon Richard Perle uttered the following statement:

And a year from now, I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush. There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they’ve been liberated. And it is getting easier every day for Iraqis to express that sense of liberation.

My, what a difference a year makes. It’s important that all of us go back to the heady days of our march into Baghdad, up to the Top Gun landing on the aircraft carrier. We need to remember that language like Perle’s was absolutely commonplace then. Now, the leaders are revising history, scolding us with admonitions like, “No one ever said it would be easy,” and “War is always a long, hard slog.”

Boy, those sure weren’t the words they used when they were convincing us to attack. Then, it was all flowers and chocolates, a sweet liberation, rapid elections — all for free, paid for by Iraqi oil. Heh.

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Do you remember the reporting about all of the ammo dumps that were sitting unguarded by the Americans and the US forces didn’t seem to care about limiting the access to heavy weapons to the general public? I was thinking to myself at the time that these nuts really do believe this nonsense about “candy and flowers” and maybe they’d get a seat next to Allah in the afterlife. But if you see that as your worst case scenario, should it be surprising that history has turned the way it has?

September 22, 2004 @ 6:48 pm | Comment

And for more than a year Bush did something that was worse than lying his way into an unnecessary, illegal and tragic war – a war that has cost more than a thousand young American lives, more than ten thousand Iraqi lives, billions of dollars, the goodwill of the majority of the world – he took his eyes and efforts off al Qaeda.

Osama bin Laden might have hated Saddam before the invasion, but since then he has a lot to thank that mother of them all.

Bush and his cohorts have made the greatest blunder of all times. No, it’s more than a blunder, it has been an unspeakable crime to the American people, a crime of lack of due diligence.

September 24, 2004 @ 6:46 am | Comment

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