BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD, AND WAR….Atrios points to this profile of Norman Schwarzkopf in the Washington Post today:
[Schwarzkopf] contrasts Cheney’s low profile as defense secretary during the Gulf War with Rumsfeld’s frequent television appearances since Sept. 11, 2001. “He almost sometimes seems to be enjoying it.” That, Schwarzkopf admonishes, is a sensation to be avoided when engaged in war.
….He expresses even more concern about the task the U.S. military might face after a victory. “What is postwar Iraq going to look like, with the Kurds and the Sunnis and the Shiites? That’s a huge question, to my mind. It really should be part of the overall campaign plan.”
That pretty much sums up my attitude towards the Bush administration. I’m willing to go to war as a last resort against a dangerous and brutal dictator, but the Bushies (a) seem to relish the thought a little too much, and (b) don’t seem to care much about what happens after the war. These are both big mistakes.