The first Iraq war in 1991 carried out by George Bush Senior had been well prepared for. It was launched just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The situation was favorable and the former-President was a skilled operator. He forged an unprecedented coalition against Iraq with the participation of the most influential Arab countries.
The former CIA director had acquired the experience to properly filter information and choose wise counsel, so as to better decide and maneuver. He was a head of state capable of measuring the risks - and when necessary - stopping in time.
Which is why he signed a cease-fire with Saddam - in order to save his boys from the morass, and consequently to be hailed as the liberator of "the tiny country" of Kuwait, which had been invaded by its large neighbor (although the backdrop for the war was oil and other strategic objectives). Conversely, G.W. Bush the Son is captive to a fever of stubbornness over wanting to succeed where he estimates his father failed, in line with the neocons who helped him conquer the White House. [Emphasis added]
Ali Salah Hadid, the author of the piece and a former Moroccan diplomate, then ticks off the results of Mr. Bush the Younger's foolishness:
In fact G.W. Bush has become not only hostage to his entourage, but paradoxically, the ally of his enemies, since he empowered them to better fulfill their plans. This is certainly the case for bin Laden and other Arab dictators. Moreover, he has caused unconditional allies like Aznar, Berlusconi and Blair to lose both face and their positions. ...
He also failed by way of tanks and bombs to impose democracy on Iraq, while at the same time making it possible for Iran to become the greatest power in the Gulf and thereby giving it influence over the resolution of conflicts around the region: Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, the Near East and Kurdistan.
Quite skillfully, Iran allowed G.W. Bush to take sole responsibility for eliminating their sworn enemy Saddam Hussein, and waste billions of dollars bogged down as much in Afghanistan as in Iraq, where Iran without effort or expense has become master of the game.
The billions spent on a war that has proved at the very least disastrous and useless, could have been spent - at least in part - in the global battle against famine and AIDS, particularly in Africa. But this continent is more and more being aided and financed by China, to the great displeasure of America and to Europe - which continues to struggle to finalize the union.
Heckuva job, George.
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