Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So smart, the smart guys who brought us the Iraq War

More on the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.
Let's remember that the Washington know-it-alls - including my heroes John Kerry and Hillary Clinton - bought the weapons of mass destruction line that brought us the second Iraq war.  I did not.  Here is a chart - thanks James Fallows - and a quote from smart guy Paul Wolfowitz.  Thirty years ago I heard Ambassador Paul Warnke say to a dinner audience "when they tell you to trust them because  they know things you don't...they don't" - gwc

By late December [2002] some 200,000 members of the U.S. armed forces were en route to staging areas surrounding Iraq.... Declaring that it was impossible to make predictions about a war that might not occur, the Administration refused to discuss plans for the war's aftermath--or its potential cost. In December the President fired Lawrence Lindsey, his chief economic adviser, after Lindsey offered a guess that the total cost might be $100 billion to $200 billion
Then, official estimates as combat began a few months later:
On March 27 [2003], eight days into combat, members of the House Appropriations Committee asked Paul Wolfowitz for a figure. He told them that whatever it was, Iraq's oil supplies would keep it low. "There's a lot of money to pay for this," he said. "It doesn't have to be U.S. taxpayer money. We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon." 


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