Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Just when did we start thinking about invading Iraq?


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Originally uploaded by thane.
Josh over at Raising Kaine posted an interesting tidbit yesterday. He starts by thinking perhaps there's an oil conspiracy.

Nah, there's no way. The President wouldn't benefit from some sort of oil deal...

And then he stumbles onto something that makes a whole lotta' sense.

I've previously suggested that the President wanted to invade Iraq to get back at Saddam for attempting to kill is father. Russ Baker over at Common Dreams thinks I'm on the right track, but it's a wee bit more complicated than that.

President Bush is alleged to have told his biographer, Mickey Herskowitz, in 1999:
One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade, if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency.
Later he told Mr. Herskowitz, "As a leader, you can never admit to a mistake. That is one of the keys to being a leader."

Mr. Herskowitz also notes that the President's beliefs could have been swayed by Vice President Cheney, Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee under Reagan. "Start a small war. Pick a country where there is justification you can jump on, go ahead and invade."

Mr. Herskowitz's biography was never published as Bush staffers and confidants "expressed displeasure - often over Herskowitz's use of language provided by Bush himself.... In the end, campaign officials decided not to go with Herskowitz's account"

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