Friday, December 29, 2006

From beyond the grave- Gerald Ford and the Iraq disaster

George W has now suffered a stunning rebuke from the grave over the Iraq debacle. In an interview with the Washington Post, granted on condition that it be published only after Gerald Ford's death, the late president said he strongly disagreed with Mr Bush's stated justification for the war - that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. He also suggested Mr Bush had departed from his overriding duty as president to act in America's national interest.
"I don't think I would have gone to war," Mr Ford told Bob Woodward in an interview in July 2004. "I would have maximised our effort through sanctions, through restrictions, whatever to find another answer."
Quite right too. Getting into Baghdad was the easy part. How do we get out? Neither W. or Blair has the slightest idea.

To democratize (if that is stil a goal), defend and hold Iraq together (if that is still feasible), U.S./coalition troops will be tied down there for decades. And militant Islam will never accept George Bush/Emily Blair dictating the destiny of the Islamic world. Gerald Ford was an honourable man; Bush and Blair are nothing of the sort.


Ellee said...

I hadn't caught up with this news today. I wonder if Bush will find 5 mins to discuss Iraq with Blair while he is on his freebie in Florida. As you say, it was easy getting into Iraq, but how do we get our troops out? Can you imagie the mayhem and destruction that could take place after SH is hanged?

Colin said...


"Gerald Ford was an honourable man"

However, not everybody seems to agree.

From the The Enduring Legacy of Gerald R. Ford: "recall what is probably his greatest geopolitical masterstroke: the green-lighting of Indonesia's 1975 invasion of East Timor – an act of state-sponsored terrorism that killed more than 200,000 people. True, George W. Bush has now far surpassed that genocidal benchmark, setting new standards of pointless and barbaric mass murder in Iraq...

Kissinger and Ford had long denied any prior knowledge of the murderous assault, even though they'd been feasting with the genocidal Indonesian tyrant Suharto the day before the troops went in. However, in a secret State Department cable, Ford and Kissinger actually told Suharto before the attack that "we understand the problem you have and the intentions you have" and "we will not press you on the issue."

From the The Deaths of Ex-Presidents: "Still, on the basis of the same kind of comparative analysis that leads me to prefer tuberculosis to emphysema - if such were the only alternatives available to me - I would much rather have Gerald Ford sitting in the "oval office" than its present occupant."

Anonymous said...

We are in the mire in Iraq. I think killing Saddam will be a good thing in the long run. At least he can't come back.

Desperately hope we can source the resources to have a successful spring campaign in Afghanistan.

Sooner we leave Iraq the better. Another soldier killed their today. Why? No one can say what he is defending.

istanbultory said...

I absolutely agree with CU. Colin, I see your point. remember it was Nixon who brought Dick and Donald into government. Although Ford promoted both Cheny and Rumsfeld, they both left government with Ford. It was Bush senior who reactivated Cheney's career and Reagan who used Rumsfeld at certain times during his administration.

Colin said...


My point is that honorable men very rarely or never rise to the top in politics.

For example, I consider you and many others honorable men. But you and most other honorable men would be unable to make it to the top among so many experts of Machiavellianism.

istanbultory said...

Kind words, indeed, Colin. yes, I too suspect that there are many honourable and principled people who would be loathe to enter politics for exactly the reasons you suggest.