George H.W. Bush's Memoirs

Phyllis Gardner writes; In his memoirs, A World Transformed,, written five years ago, George H. W. Bush Sr. wrote the following to explain why he didn't go after Saddam Hussein at the end of the Gulf War: "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 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."

If only his son could read.

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