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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Nation Building, Bush Style

Candidate Bush was no fan of nation building during the 2000 election, but the attacks on Sept. 11 changed Bush's mind. True, Al-Qaeda hailed mainly from Afghanistan, and the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden, was also in Afghanistan. No matter. Bush wanted his war with Saddam, and when you're a Bush, you get what you ask for.

In theory we've turned over sovereignty to the Iraqi governing council. They're in charge, supposedly, although we've kept control over the military, which means we really didn't turn over sovereignty to Iraq. If Iraq were truly a soverign nation, they would have control over the military. So, instead, we've given then a sort of pseudo-sovereignty.

The real test of how sovereign Iraq is will come during the trial of Saddam Hussein. Suppose -- just suppose -- that Hussein is found guilty of whatever crimes he's been charged with, and the punishment is a year in prison. Or a fine. And that's all. What will we do then? I suspect we'd end the whole sovereignty project. No way we're going to allow Iraq to do anything less than put Saddam Hussein in jail for life, or execute him.

Now if we could just find those damn WMDs...

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