Saturday, January 03, 2009

Quote of the Day: Allawi on Bush's "utter failure"

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Initially, I thought our QotD today would be Burris's stupid "We are the senator" comment -- and, if you ask me, there's no way he should be Obama's replacement -- but former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's assessment of Bush's Iraq policies is easily more significant:

Yes, Bush's policies failed utterly. Utter failure. Failure of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, including fighting terrorism and economic policy. His insistence on names like "democracy" and "open elections", without giving attention to political stability, was a big mistake. It cast shadows on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Egypt, and I believe this will be remembered in history as President Bush's policy.

Bush thinks history will vindicate him and his policies (and the Iraq misadventure in general), but I suspect history will prove Allawi right.

(Although I agree with Yglesias that Allawi, once a U.S. ally/puppet and would-be Iraqi overlord, "shouldn't be taken too seriously." Allawi may be right about Bush, but he doesn't have a lot of credibility.)

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