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  •  As one who served (none)
    as a 100% volunteer in the Gulf during Desert Shield / Storm, there were many valid reasons beyond "oil".  While one could not forget the oil, it really seemed a moment where there might actually be an opportunity to change how the world ran. Saddam had ever so clearly violated international law -- and the international community got together to put an end to it.

    Now, would Bush 41 have done this for it it had been South Africa or Zimbabwe invading Botswana with the only economic issue on the table being access to good safaris?  Absolutely not!  Thus, can't leave oil out of the equation, but there seemed to be clear reasons for why I was willing to risk my life in that conflict.

    The one way I disagree with Armando on this is that the language from Bush 41 Admin re Saddam was over-the-top, a la language from Bush 43.  There I was, in harm's way, being told that Saddam was a Hitler ... if that was so, you don't leave him in power. In the end, the best line re Saddam that I ever heard came from the diplomatic historian Paul Schroeder:  "Saddam Hussein was no Hitler. He was closer to an Arab Mussolini."

    9/11/05, Day 1469, A count worth keeping? Or, Osama Bin Forgotten?

    by besieged by bush on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 08:22:30 PM PST

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