Wednesday, October 25, 2006

We lose Iraq? Bush's apocalyptic vision

President Bush, earlier today:

If we do not defeat the terrorists or extremists in Iraq, they will gain access to vast oil reserves and use Iraq as a base to overthrow moderate governments across the broader Middle East.

They will launch new attacks on America from this new safe haven. They will pursue their goal of a radical Islamic empire that stretches from Spain to Indonesia.

First, what "moderate" governments is Bush referring to? Turkey? Second, gotta love the shout out to a possible Moors-like invasion of Spain to create a new caliphate. Third, you have to wonder if this nightmare scenario was considered by the Bush Administration before invading Iraq. Given the possibility that Iraq wouldn't embrace Western democracy whole cloth, did we not anticipate the possibility of a terrorist stronghold sitting on top of one the world's largest oil reserves?


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