Occupation Today, Occupation Tomorrow, Occupation Forever!

George Bush demonstrates his reasoning skills:

“The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency,” Mr. Bush said, to a standing ovation. “It is the right decision at this point in my presidency, and it will forever be the right decision.”

Well, that’s convincing.   There’s more of it here:

“See, I believe we’re in an ideological struggle with extremism,” says the President. “These people prey on the hopeless. Hopelessness breeds terrorism. That’s why this trip is a mission undertaken with the deepest sense of humanity, because those other folks will just use vulnerable people for evil. Like in Iraq.”

I [Bob Geldof] don’t want to go there. I have my views and they’re at odds with his, and I don’t want to spoil the interview or be rude in the face of his hospitality. “Ah, look Mr. President. I don’t want to do this really. We’ll get distracted and I’m here to do Africa with you.” “OK, but we got rid of tyranny.” It sounded like the television Bush. It sounded too justificatory, and he doesn’t ever have to justify his Africa policy. This is the person who has quadrupled aid to the poorest people on the planet. I was more comfortable with that. But his expression asked for agreement and sympathy, and I couldn’t provide either.

“Mr. President, please. There are things you’ve done I could never possibly agree with and there are things I’ve done in my life that you would disapprove of, too. And that would make your hospitality awkward. The cost has been too much. History will play itself out.” “I think history will prove me right,” he shoots back.

Yes, he always does think that.  How does it play out?

“I made my arguments and went down in flames. History will prove me right,” said then-Rangers owner George W. Bush [after being the only owner to vote against adoption of the wild card], whose foresight led him to bigger and better things.

“This is an exercise in folly.”

Nine postseasons and three wild-card World Series champions later, the concept promoted by Commissioner Bud Selig is almost universally accepted and unquestionably good for business.

That article was from the beginning of the 2004 postseason, which the wild card Red Sox went on to win in thrilling fashion.

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