regime change? oh, right, that’s why we’re here?

General Tommy Franks–whom I kind of like…there’s something about men with graying hair, wearing fatigues… er…never mind–Franks had his news conference today from Qatar. This interesting tidbit from the Washington Post/AP article:
“The news conference was attended by a mix of U.S. and international journalists, one of whom pressed Franks a second time about whether Saddam was alive. There have been unconfirmed reports that the Iraqi president was wounded or killed on the opening night of the war.
“Actually, I don’t know if he’s alive or not,” Franks said. “But interestingly, the way we’re undertaking this military operation” would not change regardless of what happens to Saddam.”
So, those of us who were naive enough to think that targeting Saddam would save the civilians can let go of our illusions.

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One Response to “regime change? oh, right, that’s why we’re here?”

  1. Dean Esmay Says:

    That’s an awfully mean way of putting it. The goal is to take out the regime, not a single person. If we quit because Saddam died, we would be doing something worse than not going at all.

    For goodness sakes, we’ve bent over further backwards to spare civilian lives than any military action in history.

    The goal is to take out the regime, and that’s more than Saddam.

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