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Saturday, October 19, 2002
Lefty Questions About the War?

"If you're going to go in and try to topple Saddam Hussein, you have to go to Baghdad. Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that's currently there now. Is it going to be a Shia regime, a Sunni regime or a Kurdish regime? Or one that tilts toward the Baathists, or one that tilts toward the Islamic fundamentalists? How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there? How long does the United States military have to stay to protect the people that sign on for that government, and what happens to it once we leave?"

Is this quote from one of the rare dovish democrats willing to question what Bush's post war plans are? Perhaps such a brave soul as Robert Byrd or Ted Kennedy? Or maybe this is from Susan Sontag? Nope. It's from Dick Cheney in 1991 when he was Secretary of Defense. Check out these and other quotes by Cheney in the mid-nineties, leading Tim Noah of Slate to wonder why Cheney isn't still asking these questions. Considering that the administration is composed of many of the same people who decided not to go after Saddam in 1991, why are they not even addressing these concerns in any extended manner?