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May 31, 2006

 

"OLDE EUROPE:" DID THEY KNOW THEN WHAT WE KNOW NOW?

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Iraq is such a cockup, so ill conceived, so poorly implemented, so internationally ill received, so inflaming and offering such dismal short term prospects.
I think back to the Spring of 2003, to this illustration of the hubris and myopic capitalist intentions of our rush-to-war leaders.
George Bush, in a meeting with Gerhard Schroeder and Jacques Chirac, lays the down-and-dirty on the line. He says, "Look guys, if you don't join me in this war you're not getting any of the post-war goodies. No oil field contracts, no reconstruction contracts, nothing, we'll keep it all for ourselves."
Jacques and Gerhard huddle with their aides for a moment and then smilingly respond. "Our loss is your gain, big buddy, we're going to pass."

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