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1/10/2004 01:27:00 PM | Timothy

Former Bush Treasury Secretary unleashes
The Drudge headline screams:"O'NEILL SAYS INVASION OF IRAQ PLANNED IN FIRST DAYS OF ADMIN -- LONG BEFORE 9/11..."

The headline of CBS story drudge links to says "Saddam's Ouster Planned In 2001?" The evidence is documents about planning for a post-Saddam Iraq. (Ok. All of us here thought lots of people in the Bush administration wanted to go after Iraq for reasons predating the 'war on terrorism' as the rhetoric said. If I remember right, it was (buried) news last year that Cheney's energy commission planned use of oil resources in post-Saddam Iraq, long before 9-11.)

The best part is an unnamed Bush administration official's response: "In fact, a senior administration official tells CBS News it would have been irresponsible not to plan for Saddam's eventual removal." Irresponsible not to plan? If only they had actually done some compentant planning before the war for how to manage the situtation post-Saddam. Instead, when Bagdhad fell, it was clear the administration did not know what it was going to do.



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