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Military historian: Iraq "the most foolish war of last 2,014 years"

Guardian Unlimited has a piece today about (what it calls) "a remarkable article" about Bush and the Iraq War:
There is a remarkable article in the latest issue of the American Jewish weekly, Forward. It calls for President Bush to be impeached and put on trial "for misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 BC sent his legions into Germany and lost them". To describe Iraq as the most foolish war of the last 2,014 years is a sweeping statement, but the writer is well qualified to know. He is Martin van Creveld, a professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and one of the world's foremost military historians. Several of his books have influenced modern military theory and he is the only non-American author on the US Army's list of required reading for officers. [more]
Guardian writer Brian Whitaker ends his article this way:
The inescapable fact is that the processes Mr Bush unleashed on March 20 2003 (and imagined he had ended with his "mission accomplished" speech six weeks later) will take a decade or more to run their course and there is little that anyone, even the US, can do now to halt them. In his eagerness for regime change in Iraq, Mr Bush blundered into a trap from which in the short term there is no way out: the Americans will be damned if they stay and damned if they leave.
I'm sure in Bushworld, there's a "victory" to be found somewhere... even if they have to repeatedly redefine what that word means. In my mind, based on what he said from the outset of the conflict, pulling out of Iraq while leaving behind anything less than a successful democracy (as promised) has to be considered "cut-and-run". Swallow that, Mr. President.


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