Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rats fleeing a sinking ship?

Vanity Fair reports that the neocons who concocted the invasion of Iraq don't necessarily see anything wrong with the plan; they say it just wasn't executed properly.

Here's a taste, 3-plus years down the Iraqi road...

Richard Perle:

"I think if I had been delphic, and had seen where we are today, and people had said, 'Should we go into Iraq?,' I think now I probably would have said, 'No, let's consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists.' … I don't say that because I no longer believe that Saddam had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction, or that he was not in contact with terrorists. I believe those two premises were both correct. Could we have managed that threat by means other than a direct military intervention? Well, maybe we could have."

Kenneth Adelman:
"I just presumed that what I considered to be the most competent national-security team since Truman was indeed going to be competent. They turned out to be among the most incompetent teams in the post-war era. Not only did each of them, individually, have enormous flaws, but together they were deadly, dysfunctional...
The most dispiriting and awful moment of the whole administration was the day that Bush gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to [former C.I.A. director] George Tenet, General Tommy Franks, and [Coalition Provisional Authority chief] Jerry [Paul] Bremer—three of the most incompetent people who've ever served in such key spots. And they get the highest civilian honor a president can bestow on anyone! That was the day I checked out of this administration. It was then I thought, There's no seriousness here, these are not serious people. If he had been serious, the president would have realized that those three are each directly responsible for the disaster of Iraq."

Don't say US Rep. Ron Paul didn't warn us.


ttyler5 said...

Perle has denounced the Vanity Article as a chop job, Banjo, and said the author did not interview him or Adelman, and had done a chop job like this before to him.

Banjo Jones said...

that's what they always say. they were either misquoted, taken out of context, or thought the interview was off the record. you know that, right?