Thomas “the ‘stache” Friedman in the Times yesterday:
Iraq was always a war of choice. As I never bought the argument that Saddam had nukes that had to be taken out, the decision to go to war stemmed, for me, from a different choice: Could we collaborate with the people of Iraq to change the political trajectory of this pivotal state in the heart of the Arab world and help tilt it and the region onto a democratizing track?
And here he is talking about what it looks like when we “collaborate with the people of Iraq” with Charlie Rose back in May of 2003:
What [Iraqis] needed to see was American boys, and girls, going house to house from Basra to Baghdad. Umm, and basically saying, “Which part of this sentence don’t you understand? You don’t think, you know, we care about our open society? You think this bubble fantasy, we’re just going to let it grow? Well: Suck. On. This.” Ok. That, Charlie, was what this war was about. We could have hit Saudi Arabia; it was part of that bubble. We could have hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could. That’s the real truth.