> "Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human > and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible.... We > would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq.... > there was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of > our principles. > > Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for > handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying > Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have > destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we > hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States > could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land." I wonder what pinko liberal traitor said that?