after reading a lot of your posts I can conclude we are on different wavelengths politically, but I have to admit that this time you are absolutely right.
Clinton f**ked up big time. And Sudan, which wanted to move back a bit from fundamentalism was practically begging the US to go get him. It was like, "OK US there he is, now I'll just go out for a quart of milk. If he's dead or gone, I don't know nothin'"
Our gov't refused. After that Sudan allowed him to go to Afghanistan since he was no longer welcome in Sudan. A big opportunity lost.
This of course doesn't make the invasion of Iraq any less stupid. Best recruiting poster for UBL in a while. No WMD's and while Saddam is a tyrant, there are a shitload of tyrants out there whom we don't seem to care about.
And I still wonder if a "free, democratic Iraq" will be one free to demand Euros instead of dollars for its oil, free to contract with Lukoil or Elf instead of ExxonMobil, free to keep the oil industry non-privatized, or free to tell the US military to leave the country if that is what the people and the leaders the people elect decide is in Iraq's best interest. I oubt it but I hope I'm proven wrong.
I do think most of Iraq's industry should be gradually privatized so it would be efficient, but my point was that that should be a decision made by Iraqi's when they have their country back, not by Bremer, the CPA, or the hand-picked governing Council.
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