[Vision2020] Donald Rumsfeld-speak

eevans@moscow.com eevans@moscow.com
Fri, 17 Jan 2003 22:32:48 GMT

Tom Hansen wrote:
> Greetings Visionaires -
> Ed Evans stated:
> "Certainly, it was just plain mean of us to drop our bombs, dust off our
> hands, and walk away without reestablishing an infrastructure as we have
> done in the past wars. Maybe this time round we'll be little kinder."
> Perhaps you didn't grasp what I was eluding to, Mr. Evans.  Realizing that
> Sadam Hussein openly uses weapons against his own people (unprovoked), how
> many lives would we have saved if Schwartzkopf had marched on Baghdad as he
> wanted to?  (not to mention the American lives lost in Saudi Arabia in 1991
> for apparently no reason)

I'm not disagreeing with you on this point.

Last time we left Iraq in a tight spot with a cripled infrastructure, the same 
government, and sanctions to boot. And between then and now we've been 
effectively seiging the country while feigning compassion for the civilians.

My hope was that maybe this time we'd do it right. But Sunil Ramalingam made a 
good point in his last post - we have a poor history of doing the right thing, 
especially in the mideast.

(A quick web search shows that the sanctions have killed on the order of half a 

-Ed Evans

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