Justin (throwingstardna) wrote in fromtheleft,

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Famous Last Words

Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002:
"Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits for the region ... Extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad. Moderates throughout the region would take heart, and our ability to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be enhanced."
Benefits for the region:
30,000 More People Flee As Violence Deepens In Iraq
Increased Security Can't Curb Attacks In Iraq

Moderates taking heart:
Mom, Kids Slaughtered For Co-Operating With Us Troops

Advancing the peace process:
Israel Preparing Lebanon Ground Offensive
Lebanese Army To Engage Israel If Lebanon Is Invaded

Extremists in the region rethinking jihad:
Lebanon Becoming Next Magnet For Extremists
Afghanistan: The Return Of The Taliban

Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Feb. 27, 2003:
"Peacekeeping requirements in Iraq might be much lower than historical experience in the Balkans suggests. There’s been none of the record in Iraq of ethnic militias fighting one another that produced so much bloodshed and permanent scars in Bosnia."
No ethnic militias and bloodshed:
Baghdad Curfew Extended Amid Bloodshed
Sistani Warns Sectarian Rift Could Destroy Iraq

President Bush, Dec. 18, 2005:
"My fellow citizens, not only can we win the war in Iraq, we are winning the war in Iraq."
Iraqi government didn't get the memo:
Gloom Descends On Iraqi Leaders As Civil War Looms "Iraq as a political project is finished,"
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