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Monday, January 13, 2003
Today's Washington Post features and excellent article by Glenn Kessler on how the Bush Administration came to want to escalate the war with Iraq. Basically, according to Kessler, hawks in and around the administration used the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as the justification for waging a broader war and the administration formulated the policy in a manner that "circumvented traditional policymaking channels" and which left little in the way of records as to how decisions were reached.
Robert McNamara caused a stir in the mid-1990s with the book In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, which basically said the Kennedy and Johnson Adminstrations -both of which McNamara served in- had no plan for "winning" in Vietnam. My guess is that sooner or later we are going to see a similar revelation come out about the current administration's plans for war with Iraq. The message I believe will be that Team Bush didn't really believe Iraq was a threat but went ahead with saying it was in order to justify a broader agenda of creating a world where the United States can take out any government it doesn't like.
Actually I think most of the evidence needed to support this thesis is already available.