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Thursday, May 13, 2004
 
Are the Pundits finally starting to get it?
Tom Friedman is an impressive scholar regarding middle east issues, but I've always been disappointed in his attitude toward the war in Iraq. It appears that he's waking up:
"It is time to ask this question: Do we have any chance of succeeding at regime change in Iraq without regime change here at home?

"Hey, Friedman, why are you bringing politics into this all of a sudden? You're the guy who always said that producing a decent outcome in Iraq was of such overriding importance to the country that it had to be kept above politics."

Yes, that's true. I still believe that. My mistake was thinking that the Bush team believed it, too..."
He's not quite ready to say that Iraq was the terrible mistake that it is, but he acknowledges that the Bush administration has put politics above all else when it comes to the War on Terra®. He also admits that:
"...(the)White House always knew this was a war of choice - its choice - so it made sure that average Americans never had to pay any price or bear any burden..."
I can't believe this is Friedman writing. It's his best column in a long time.
 
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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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