If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences. – Thomas theorem

Really, Cheney, really?

Posted in Today by bendyourcircuit on 12/10/2011

First, the Bush administration assumed that inside the heart of every Iraqi was a „small d“ democrat yearning to be free. As Cheney stated, “I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.” In explaining why few occupation troops would be needed, Chair of the Defense Advisory Board Richard Perle similarly observed that there will “be no one fighting for Saddam Hussein once he is gone.” Decribed by Carl Strock, a two-star general from the Army Corps of Engineers, the dramatic ouster of Saddam was expected to create a “Wizard of Oz moment” in which “after the wicked dictator was deposed, throngs of cheering Iraqis would hail their liberators and go back to work under the tutelage” of Jay Garner’s minimalist but appropriately named Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA), which was intended to be the primary U.S. presence in Iraq. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton subsequently said that the administration’s only mistake in the war was not turning the country over to the Iraqis sooner, giving “them a copy of the Federalist Papers,” and saying “good luck.”

– Lake, David A. (2010) ‘Two Cheers for Bargaining Theory. Assessing Rationalist Explanations of the Iraq War’. International Security, Vol. 35, No. 3, p. 36.

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