Friday, August 17, 2007

Then and Now

Dick Cheney now: Iraq war supporter.

Dick Cheney in 1994: Not so much.



Obviously 9/11 did not change the fact that Iraq was not 'winnable', nor did it swing the odds of the outcome of war in our favor. All it changed was the emotional reception to the idea of invasion, which is a very bad way to run a foreign policy.

Four years later, the argument for invading Iraq is being framed in the basic concept of risk vs reward, with Cheney saying 9/11 tipped the scales in favor of eliminating Saddam. I don't know how anyone can claim that the decision to invade was made analytically since there was never any serious consideration given to the risks. The outcome thus far has proven that, not the least of which is that an examination of the risks would have produced strategies for mitigation, which were apparently never even considered.

Check out Jon Stewart's discussion of the topic, below.

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