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Sunday, April 18, 2004
 
A View From Within
Josh Marshal posts a disheartening letter from a friend who is a contractor in Iraq.

I have to assume that those civilian contractors who are over there believe, or at least believed, that things would be different. I don't want to remind them that many voices, including Poppy and others from his administration predicted this.
Excerpt from "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam" by George Bush [Sr.] and Brent Scowcroft, Time (2 March 1998):
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Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs.
I hope that a miracle can happen. But somehow I think that this is going to get much worse before we figure out what-the-hell we are doing over there.
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

Cost of the War in Iraq
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