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Monday, September 20, 2004

The Powell Doctrine

It comes as no surprise to most Peach readers that George W. Bush went to war in Iraq in defiance of historical precedent, expert opinion and common sense. Now it further develops that the war is also in defiance of the considered thinking of one of the president's own chief advisors, Colin Powell. We were perusing the Secretary of State's detailed outline for military action known as "The Powell Doctrine," articulated after the first Persian Gulf War, and were struck by this quote:
We must not, for example, send military forces into a crisis with an unclear mission they cannot accomplish -- such as we did when we sent the U.S. Marines into Lebanon in 1983. We inserted those proud warriors into the middle of a five-faction civil war complete with terrorists, hostage-takers, and a dozen spies in every camp, and said, 'Gentlemen, be a buffer.' The results were 241 Marines and Navy personnel killed and a U.S. withdrawal from the troubled area.
As far as The Peach is concerned, we can only determine that this was written prior to Iraq because our current mission there is too vague to even define as "a buffer" or anything else. And because we have seen 1100 casualties in Iraq, not 241.

Colin Powell out of the public eye. A coincidence? We think not.

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