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Bush may have started WWIII

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You know, I spout off a lot about the Iraquagmire and my critics will often point out “you’ve never been there” and “the media doesn’t report the good news” and “you were a tuba player in a National Guard band; what do you really know about the military?” (Aside from the fact that, unlike our president, I fulfilled my National Guard enlistment, and unlike our vice president, I didn’t avoid serving my country when I could.)

So let’s get a look from someone with far more military and terrorism experience than I. From an interview with retired Command Sergeant Major Eric Haney, one of the founders of the US Army’s Delta Force, the military’s elite counter-terrorism unit:

Q: What’s your assessment of the war in Iraq?

A: Utter debacle. But it had to be from the very first. The reasons were wrong. The reasons of this administration for taking this nation to war were not what they stated. (Army Gen.) Tommy Franks was brow-beaten and … pursued warfare that he knew strategically was wrong in the long term. That’s why he retired immediately afterward. His own staff could tell him what was going to happen afterward.

We have fomented civil war in Iraq. We have probably fomented internecine war in the Muslim world between the Shias and the Sunnis, and I think Bush may well have started the third world war, all for their own personal policies.

Utter debacle? World War III? Gee, Sergeant Major, that’s awfully harsh. Why don’t you support the troops?

Q: What do you make of the torture debate? Cheney …

A: (Interrupting) That’s Cheney’s pursuit. The only reason anyone tortures is because they like to do it. It’s about vengeance, it’s about revenge, or it’s about cover-up. You don’t gain intelligence that way. Everyone in the world knows that. It’s worse than small-minded, and look what it does.

… It’s an act of cowardice. I hear apologists for torture say, “Well, they do it to us.” Which is a ludicrous argument. … The Saddam Husseins of the world are not our teachers. Christ almighty, we wrote a Constitution saying what’s legal and what we believed in. Now we’re going to throw it away.

Sergeant Major, don’t you realize that what you’re saying gives aid and comfort to our enemies? Why do you support the terrorists, Sergeant Major? Why do you hate America?

[Traitorously cross-posted at Radical Writ]

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