Now that the new Spanish government has committed to removing it’s troops from Iraq, it’s probably worth noting (in an I-told-you-so way) a statement made a month ago by James Webb, former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, in a WashPost Op/Ed. It’s probably been widely quoted, but this is the first I’ve seen it:
Bush arguably has committed the greatest strategic blunder in modern memory. To put it bluntly, he attacked the wrong target. While he boasts of removing Saddam Hussein from power, he did far more than that. He decapitated the government of a country that was not directly threatening the United States and, in so doing, bogged down a huge percentage of our military in a region that never has known peace. Our military is being forced to trade away its maneuverability in the wider war against terrorism while being placed on the defensive in a single country that never will fully accept its presence.