Bush's 3-Point Plan

Mad Ludwig 12/5/2012 | 2:52:12 AM
re: Bush's 3-Point Plan Gotta go to war, war all day
Fight that insurgency, hey!
We won't stop until we have victory
Yum tum yummy tum hay!
stephencooke 12/5/2012 | 2:52:10 AM
re: Bush's 3-Point Plan One thing that does not seem to be discussed, which I am sure was part of the initial plan to invade, is that the mainland US is too large to protect effectively against terrorists.

The way they chose to deal with it was to invade a terrorist refuge country with the armed forces (ie: a collective that is armed and trained to deal with acts of aggression as opposed to a mass of unarmed, untrained citizens in the streets). Basically send the armed forces to become a terrorist magnet so that the mainland US is relatively untouched by acts of terror since 9/11. If nothing else it bought time to create homeland infrastructure (debatable) and combat-train a whole army (as well as the insurgents).

Unfortunately the downside is that the invasion and subsequent occupation actually seems to have created new terrorists and gave them a cause.

Ugly situation all around.

light-headed 12/5/2012 | 2:51:43 AM
re: Bush's 3-Point Plan Steve,

If you are talking about Iraq then that is revisionist history at best. The original plan was to find WMD, then it was changed to bringing democracy to the middle east and lately it was changed to "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here." This is very flawed thinking because as Richard Clarke says: "It really worked well for Spain and the UK". The fact is that it is just a matter of time until the US gets hit again. We are still woefully unprepared and the govt. fiddles away...

If you are talking about Afghanistan then it was the smartest move the administration did of taking away terrorist logistical and training bases. However, they can easily move these bases to other places with weak govt. such as somalia.
blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 2:49:50 AM
re: Bush's 3-Point Plan Light-Headed:

You might want to go back and read the original plan. WMD was cited as a central reason although the refusal to cooperate with UN Mandates that put a stop to the first Gulf War was also strongly stated. The failure to find WMD is a sticky issue for a host of reasons but I am curious as to how the US and other governments' intelligence agencies were wrong for so many years throughout the 90's and leading up to the take out of Hussein's regime.

The fact that we have not been hit again tells me that something must be working in spite of poor border enforcement as well as the best efforts of the CIA and the NY Times to take this administration down, regardless of the cost.
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