Quote of the Day – General Schwarzkopf

January 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Iraq | Leave a comment

“I am certain that had we taken all of Iraq, we would have been like the dinosaur in the tar pit—we would still be there, and we, not the United Nations, would be bearing the costs of that occupation.”

As quoted in Thomas Ricks’ book, “Fiasco.”

Yesterday, we read:

The Iraqi defense minister said Monday that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012, nor be able on its own to defend Iraq’s borders from external threat until at least 2018.

Those comments from the minister, Abdul Qadir, were among the most specific public projections of a timeline for the American commitment in Iraq by officials in either Washington or Baghdad. And they suggested a longer commitment than either government had previously indicated.

Pentagon officials expressed no surprise at Mr. Qadir’s projections, which were even less optimistic than those he made last year.

One wonders, if they were less optimistic than they were last year, just how this defense minister will feel in January 2009!

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