Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wise Words from Condoleezza Rice

"The removal of a tyrant is a pretty big thing. Look, so a reporter threw a shoe, which, by the way, is a kind of sign of the freedom that people feel in Iraq, but somehow what was missed was the extraordinary moment for the President of the United States to go to Iraq, of all places, and to be received by a democratically elected Prime Minister, a democratically elected Presidency Council, with full honors at the Presidential Palace with the Iraqi band playing the national anthem of the United States of America. I think that is far more salient than one guy who decided to throw a shoe."

(HT Rick Richman)


Peter Dow said...

Iraq: the Mother of all FOOTWEAR battles! (YouTube)
A reporter's shoes VS Condi's boots

Daniel Stark said...

The war in Iraq if not wholly, is partially, a humanitarian intervention. This is something that many people to this day cannot admit.

This is quite odd given the call of action with regard to Sudan. If we were to intervene, it would become a major mess. Sudan was already a traffic area of militants and terrorists for the better part of 15 years, there is no telling how many AL-Q inspired people would make this the next "Iraq." The U.N. Security Council (due to China and Russia) would reject military action and/or an overthrow of Omar al-Bashir. What we would be left with is international objections and the American public wanting to pull out.

Yet the question at the day of the day would be, "Is it worth it, to remove a dictator, stop genocide and usher in a path to democracy for a people who have only known terror?" And of course the answer to that question is...yes.

That goes for Iraq too. We won the military conflict against Saddam, yet we for a good portion of the time we spent there, lost legitimacy and control. No one now speaks as if this was a smooth transition, yet signs are improving, and Iraq is following the path of a developing democracy. That is an accomplishment, whether you agree or disagree with the war in Iraq.

Anonymous said...

If the intent of the invasion was to establish a democracy in Iraq because that would be good for Iraq, why wasn't that argument made at the time? These types of statements are simply rationalizations to excuse tragic recklessness that started this war.

Also, the argument that the ends justify the means has often been used by tyrants to justify their actions. That doesn't excuse a first strike policy.

Peter Dow said...

The above video link is now dead. The video can be downloaded now from these links.

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Iraq: the Mother of all FOOTWEAR battles!
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