OK. You are among the 50% of the population who realized that invading Iraq was a stupid thing to do before we did it. You watched in amazement as your views were marginalized in the media and in Washington as the phony case for war was made 24/7 in the most shameless manner imaginable. You've watched as the completely predictable nightmare unfolded. You saw Karl Rove and his reptiles use the bloody shirt to win back the Senate in 02 and after the shooting started he managed to heave his boy across the finnish line in the bloodiest Republican re-election campaign since 1972.
Unfortunately, there is a superficial appeal to this rhetoric on the part of the bulk of the population who don't follow politics closely and we need to be able to expose it neatly and pragmatically.
If we had learned from Vietnam, there would have been mass resignations at the command level at the hint of invading Iraq.
With a few brave exceptions, there weren't.
From the very beginning, hell from before the beginning, it was clear that although comparisons to Vietnam were being roundly rejected by the planners and pundits, one dynamic would be identical.
Make no mistake. This is intimately connected to the impending decline of Saudi Arabia's oil production capacity. Once the illusion that they are going to be able to maintain or even increase their production begins to crumble, their political fortunes will rapidly deteriorate. The deference that they are granted in the corridors of power in the west is due entirely to their status as a swing producer. When it becomes clear that this status is no longer based in reality, the knives will come out. Bandar is getting while the getting is good.
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