Ex-President George W. Bush recently decried the U.S.military pullout of Afghanistan. He is worried about the Taliban?

If he and Secretary of State Condolezza Rice had their heads on straight, they would never have invaded Afghanistan. They knew Russia, one of the strongest military nations on earth, had been kicked out of Afghanistan, even while sharing a border with the country. There were, as we found out later, other means for dealing with Osama Bin Laden, and Al-Qaeda.

To double down, the Rice/Bush team, led by Vice President Dick Cheney, invaded Iraq to eliminate Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction." That foolish venture ended any chance of Colin Powell being elected president, as the entire world knew there were no WMDs in Iraq, although, in front of the United Nations and a worldwide TV audience, Powell showed us WMDs hidden in trucks in Iraq.

After 9/11, we should have invaded Saudi Arabia, home of Bin Laden and 15 of the 19 airplane suicide bombers.

But, oh, we'd never do that: Saudi Arabia is a huge oil producer.

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Jim Waldo

Duluth




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