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The long road to war

Did anyone see this on PBS? It bridges the gap between the Gulf war to the present. I thought it was very nicely done. We really did drop the ball in the Gulf war.

I didn’t see it, Spidey, but I do disagree (surprise, surprise) that we dropped the ball.

Granted, we should have taken out Saddam the first time, but we assured the coalition that our main intent was to drive Saddam out of Kuwait, and we stuck to our word. And I don’t know if you could again execute such a precise campaign again, from the perspective of human casualties on our side. Yes, there were innocent lives lost, and that is a tragedy, but that is an inherent, albeit ugly, fact of war.

And of course, hindsight is always 20/20.