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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Robert Kagan in Financial Times
Once again the weekend edition of the FT has a number of interesting articles.
This weeks Lunch with the FT interview is Robert Kagan a front-figure in the neocon movement and as such one of those who has insight and influence on the Bush administration. I love when people say what they think and not what they think is politically expedient.

Here is his view on the invasion of Iraq:

“I don’t care what anybody says: we didn’t invade Iraq in order to turn it into a democracy and make it a beacon for the rest of the Arab world. That was an ex post facto rationalisation - a correct one, in my opinion, but not the reason the United States went to war.”
On the development of democracy in Iraq:
"If you go back and look at the history of American foreign policy and American occupations, we don’t win on brilliance. We tend to win on a combination of will and economic and military power. We’re like the 600lb sumo wrestler - if we keep leaning on someone long enough, they ultimately fall over."
We haven’t found the weapons stockpiles, and the only reasonable question is, what happened to them? We know they existed. Are they buried somewhere? Are they in Syria? Were they destroyed? I don’t want to sound like a maniac, like the last Japanese soldier climbing out of the cave. But we don’t know the answer.”

He may want look at the findings of the Duelfer report which found that Saddam Hussein destroyed his last weapons of mass destruction more than a decade ago and his capacity to build new ones had been dwindling for years by the time of the Iraq invasion.


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