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Also, General Zinni, who commanded central command, was very much opposed to the war in the first place, as I was. We were both quoted to that effect in February of 2003.
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And I don't think it makes sense to talk about winning or losing now, in a strategic sense we lost when we started the war.
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But I would make it unambiguously clear that we are going to withdraw, and if Iraq falls into civil war and if all these unhappy things occur, we're just going to have to accept them.
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Firing off 1,000 or 500 or 2,000 nuclear warheads on a few minutes' consideration has always struck me as an absurd way to go to war.
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I don't think that the war serves U.S. interests. I think Osama bin Laden's interests and the Iranian interests are very much served by it, and it's becoming a huge drain on our resources both material and political.
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I have never belonged to a party. I don't have party affiliation.
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I remember serving in Vietnam in that war, and many of us at the major Lieutenant Colonel, colonel level were frustrated that no one in the U.S. wanted to debate it that way.
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I will make a general statement that we have not had anything like the policy of holding people in high office responsible for their acts that I think we should.
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I've decided that the political context is such that the only way reform will finally come about in the Russian military is that the deterioration goes beyond the point to which these old generals can stand up there and resist it.
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If you de-militarize the weapon and take the fissile material out, that is more attractive to countries abroad which want to build nuclear weapons than to get the weapon itself.
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In fact, it struck me when we invaded last year that if we did it without European and East Asian support, we were risking losing our alliance in Europe in exchange for Iraq, and that is a very undesirable exchange.
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In reality, I don't think that many of the policies we've attempted to apply to deal with it are going to have any serious effect.
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In World War II in Germany, we had a ration for one U.S. soldier, or one allied soldier for every twenty inhabitants. The ratio in Iraq is about one for a hundred and sixty.
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It was not in our interest to enter Iraq in the first place.
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It was, however, in the interest of Osama bin Laden for us to destroy a secular Arab leader; it was very much in the interest of the Iranians because they wanted revenge against Saddam Hussein for Iraq's invasion in 1980.
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It's old hat in the sense that in many wars the abuse of prisoners have taken place.
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Military officers from different countries, when they meet each other, tend to sort of fall in love, become mutual admiration societies, at the expense of realities.
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Once we destroyed the Saddam regime, we knew there was going to be a civil war.
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Our presence in Iraq risks turning it into a country that could become the base for terrorist operations and organizations like al Qaeda.
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Second, recent polls over there show that the majority of Iraqis want us to leave precipitously.
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So the idea that you could put Kurds, Shiite Arabs, and Sunni Arabs in a nice, liberal, federal system in Iraq in a short amount of time, six months or a year, boggles the mind.
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The presidents I served under don't have anything to do with my politics.
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The problem of nuclear weapons is not one just from Russia. It's one from China. It's one from India. It's one from Pakistan.
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The real nuclear threats, I don't think are going to come from Russia. They're going to come from other countries.
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The whole notion of land property rights in the Arab world is different from that in Europe.
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Therefore, once U.S. forces leave, it is almost inevitable that an anti-Western, anti-U.S. regime will arise.
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To say that you now trust the Russian military command and control system because some Russian general told you from the bottom of his heart that's the case, strikes me as most unrealistic.
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We need to go to the niceties of approaching the U. N. and let them have a chance to take it over, but we should set some sort of date and begin to move out and leave it to whoever takes over.
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We've already seen proliferation. We started it with Britain, then France. Then we benignly let the Israelis do it. The Pakistanis and the Indians have recently done it. The Chinese have nuclear weapons.
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What struck me about the media at the beginning of the war was that it really didn't carry the opposition very strongly.
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While people out there on the spot certainly have to be held accountable for what they've done personally, the chain of command responsibility for this strikes me as just as important and should be dealt with.
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You really - you are somehow Anti-American if you use your rights to speak out.
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