What have we accomplished? We liberated Kuwait from a brutal aggressor; we kept Saddam Hussein in power; we killed at least a hundred thousand Iraqis and destroyed the infrastructure of the country. We permitted Hussein to murder the Kurds to a degree that has been called genocide and set in motion a migration of almost five million people.
We may not get any oil out of Kuwait for a number of years as it is burning away, but yes, we chased Hussein out, and that was good. We also destroyed his military power (we hope), and that was good also, although it could have been contained by other means. George Bush never gave negotiations a chance; he was set from the beginning to wage a war, or he would not have made nonnegotiable demands. But if we rejoice at the liberation of Kuwait and at the destruction of Hussein’s military power, we did not accomplish what Bush had promised, namely, to get rid of Saddam Hussein, to encourage a revolt of the Iraqi people, as he had incited them to do several times....
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