How about this? (warning, contains real quotes):
Conservative Think Tank Details Bush Miscalculations in Iraq
Larry Diamond, senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover
Institution, recently published an article detailing a long list of
miscalculations in the war in Iraq.
.... "[Bush] Administration officials repeatedly deluded themselves
into believing that the defeat of the insurgency was just around the
corner -- just as soon as the long, hot summer of 2003 ended, or
reconstruction dollars started flowing in and jobs were created, or
the political transition began, or Saddam Hussein was captured, or the
interim government was inaugurated."
However, as Diamond concludes, "The transition in Iraq is going to
need a huge amount of international assistance -- political, economic,
and military -- for years to come."
Source: Foreign Affairs, "What Went Wrong in Iraq," Larry Diamond,
Huh? The Hoover Institute and Foreign Affairs magazine "extreme
I suppose CNN ("Meet the Press" March 16, 2003) is also "extreme
Cheney told Russert, "Now, I think things have gotten so bad inside
Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will,
in fact, be greeted as liberators."
Russert challenged Cheney's rosy forecast: "If your analysis is not
correct, and we're not treated as liberators, but conquerors, and the
Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the
American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle
with significant American casualties?"
To which Cheney responded: "Well, I don't think it's likely to unfold
that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as
liberators. I've talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several
months myself, had them to the White House.... The read we get on the
people of Iraq is there is no question but that they want to get rid
of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United
States when we come to do that." Later in the interview, Cheney added,
"If you look at the opposition, they've come together, I think, very
effectively, with representatives from Shia, Sunni, and Kurdish
elements in the population."
Towards the end of his performance, the Vice President extended his
"cakewalk liberation" forecast, to further assert that American
preventive military action to overthrow Saddam Hussein would stabilize
the Middle East. He cited Dr. Bernard Lewis, the British Arab Bureau
spook and author of the "Arc of Crisis," "Islamic card" fiasco, as his
authority: "I firmly believe, along with, you know, men like Bernard
Lewis, who's one of the great, I think, students of that part of the
world, that strong, firm U.S. response to terror and to threats to the
United States would go a long way, frankly, towards calming things in
that part of the world."
Almost exactly 80 hours after Cheney's appearance on NBC-TV, the
United States launched an unprovoked and unnecessary war on Iraq.
According to Washington-based senior Arab diplomatic sources,
governments of the Middle East were told by top Bush Administration
officials, on the eve of the attack, that the Iraq war would be over
in seven to ten days.
I would argue that everywhere and anywhere is the place for freedom of
expression. But I will have a good day, thankful that I am fortunate
enough to live in a free America that my forefathers founded and
fought for, and that I have not yet been put in a concentration camp
in Cuba. You have a good day too.
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