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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Gerald Ford on Iraq

Gerald Ford disagreed with Bush about invading Iraq. "Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction." He points out that he understood the reasons but thought them weak. "Well, I can understand the theory of wanting to free people," Ford said, referring to Bush's assertion that the United States has a "duty to free people." But the former president said he was skeptical "whether you can detach that from the obligation number one, of what's in our national interest." He added: "And I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security."

Precisely! But the trouble is OIL is seen as the number one for US internal security. Let it run out and you have all manner of mayhem. Bush took the view, I suppose, that gas stations without gasoline are a far worse nightmare than Saddam sitting up in bed watching home movies!!


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