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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Moose Must Read

The Moose urges all Moosekeers to read the much cited Peter Galbraith piece in yesterday's Boston Globe.

Galbraith echoes the concerns raised by Shinseki, Biden, McCain and even Bremmer that we had far too few troops to secure Iraq. Yes, mistakes are made in war. But, the test is whether they are corrected.

Galbraith also raises the possibility that the missing munitions were spirited off to Iran -

"This equipment could be anywhere. But one good bet is Iran, which has had allies and agents in Iraq since shortly after the US-led forces arrived."

The Moose has long feared that this member of the axis of evil has become the big winner in this war.

Finally, Galbraith concludes,

"I supported President Bush's decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein. At Wolfowitz's request, I helped advance the case for war, drawing on my work in previous years in documenting Saddam's atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons on the Kurds. In spite of the chaos that followed the war, I am sure that Iraq is better off without Saddam Hussein.

It is my own country that is worse off -- 1,100 dead soldiers, billions added to the deficit, and the enmity of much of the world. Someone out there has nuclear bomb-making equipment, and they may not be well disposed toward the United States. Much of this could have been avoided with a competent postwar strategy. But without having planned or provided enough troops, we would be a lot safer if we hadn't gone to war."
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