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Greeted As Liberators Part Two

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 1, 2009

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Paul Wolfowitz has been a government player for years. After finishing his education, he got a job in the Nixon Administration, and worked with Ford and Reagan. He became a star under GHWB and GWB. Apparently, Paul Wolfowitz never served in the military.

Under George W. Bush, Mr. Wolfowitz was Deputy Secretary of Defense. After 911, he became a forceful advocate of War in Iraq. He is regarded by some as the “Architect of the War in Iraq”.

On February 27, 2003, Mr. Wolfowitz testified before congress.
“There has been a good deal of comment—some of it quite outlandish—about what our postwar requirements might be in Iraq. Some of the higher end predictions we have been hearing recently, such as the notion that it will take several hundred thousand U.S. troops to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq, are wildly off the mark. It is hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army—hard to imagine.”
The conquest was the easy part. The occupation, the act of putting humpty dumpty back together, has been the tough part. More than a few people saw this in 2003.

Mr. Wolfowitz gave an interview to Vanity Fair magazine May 9, 2009. The interview had a quote about WMD. Mr. Wolfowitz said
“The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason,”.
The possession of WMD by “next Hitler” Saddam Hussein was one of the leading reasons for the invasion. Iraq was known to have used poison gas against the Kurds (while he was an ally of the United States). The warehouses of WMD have never been found in the current occupation. There is speculation as to whether these supplies existed at all, or whether they were disposed of prior to the invasion.

In 1941, The United States was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor. A declaration of war was issued within a week. There was no settling on an issue for bureaucratic reasons.

PG found a transcript of the complete interview. HT to TomDispatch. Apparently, Mr. Wolfowitz likes to talk. The part that interested PG concerns the Cruise missile, and other “smart” weapons. It seems as though the research on these weapons was almost suspended. The United States was negotiating arms control with The Soviet Union. The Cruise missile was almost abandoned as a concession to the Soviets. The Navy supported this, as they felt that the torpedoes on submarines were taking up too much room already. It is tough to imagine the current US military without “smart” weapons.

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  1. […] was the fact that WMD was the excuse for the invasion, not the reason. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was quoted saying “The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. […]

  2. […] for the war in Iraq was WMD. After the shooting started, war “architect” Paul Wolfowitz said “The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy we […]

  3. Greeted As Liberators Part Two | Chamblee54 said, on September 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

    […] this, as they felt that the torpedoes on submarines were taking up too much room already. This is a repost, with pictures from The Library of Congress. The pictures were taken in Omaha NE, in November 1938. […]


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