Monday, October 31, 2005

Hussein took 11th-hour exile deal

From an AP story:
Saddam Hussein accepted an 11th-hour offer to flee into exile weeks ahead of the U.S.-led 2003 invasion, but Arab League officials scuttled the proposal, officials in this Gulf state claimed.
If true, it represents yet another way that we could have avoided 10,000+ dead or injured Americans and thousands of dead Iraqi's. It would've required our government to have worked with other Gulf states as opposed to standing in front of the world declaring "you're either with us, or against us."
My friend's thoughts are right on the mark:
Now we learn that Saddam was WILLING TO RELINQUISH POWER AND LEAVE IRAQ weeks before we invaded. We could have achieved the stated goals (which were bogus to begin with) without firing a shot. Are we seriously to believe that while we were making war preparations, the administration was unaware of the goings-on at the Arab League meeting? Either these people were actually that abysmally ignorant, or they conciously chose war anyway. Can any excuse whatsoever be offered for not pursuing this goal, rather than attacking, if it was known? Perhaps that no compromise should have been made that would allow Saddam to escape prosecution? Bin Laden murdered thousands of Americans when the Towers fell, and bragged about it. Why would it be OK for Bin Laden merely to be "marginalized" [as our President has said publically], and not Saddam, who never attacked us and was no threat?
This country is being run by either spectacular fools or monsters, take your pick.
I have an agenda for those who persist in supporting this administration.

First, attend a week long technical conference put on by our engineers and scientists presenting what we could accomplish in advancing our energy infrastructure with a $100 billion research effort, less than half the cost of this war.

Second, GIVE a presentation to the thousands of American families of our service people explaining to them why it's better that their loved one is dead or horribly maimed for life than it would have been to let Saddam give up power on his own, so that free elections could have been held in the fall of 2003.

Finally, go to Iraq. Explain to the families of the 26,000 dead who live in poverty and cower in fear from a pervasive and well-organized insurgency, while Americans in the Green Zone are choosing from three different flavors of ice cream for dessert, how much better off they because we invaded their country, rather than just let Saddam leave on his own. To lift their spirits, lead them in song. I'm sure they'll particularly be inspired to learn how "god shed his grace on" us. And not them.

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