Howard Dean was right
Everything Howard Dean warned us about has come true. Check out this excerpt from a speech he gave at Drake University on February 17, 2003 - just over a month before we invaded Iraq. Read it and weep.
"To this day, the President has not made a case that war against Iraq, now, is necessary to defend American territory, our citizens, our allies, or our essential interests.
"The Administration has not explained how a lasting peace, and lasting security, will be achieved in Iraq once Saddam Hussein is toppled.
"I, for one, am not ready to abandon the search for better answers.
"As a doctor, I was trained to treat illness, and to examine a variety of options before deciding which to prescribe. I worried about side effects and took the time to see what else might work before proceeding to high-risk measures. . . .
"We have been told over and over again what the risks will be if we do not go to war.
"We have been told little about what the risks will be if we do go to war.
"If we go to war, I certainly hope the Administration's assumptions are realized, and the conflict is swift, successful and clean. I certainly hope our armed forces will be welcomed like heroes and liberators in the streets of Baghdad. I certainly hope Iraq emerges from the war stable, united and democratic. I certainly hope terrorists around the world conclude it is a mistake to defy America and cease, thereafter, to be terrorists.
"It is possible, however, that events could go differently, and that the Iraqi Republican Guard will not sit out in the desert where they can be destroyed easily from the air.
"It is possible that Iraq will try to force our troops to fight house to house in the middle of cities - on its turf, not ours - where precision-guided missiles are of little use...
"There are other risks. Iraq is a divided country, with Sunni, Shia and Kurdish factions that share both bitter rivalries and access to large quantities of arms.
"Iran and Turkey each have interests in Iraq they will be tempted to protect with or without our approval...
"Some people simply brush aside these concerns, saying there were also a lot of dire predictions before the first Gulf War, and that those didn't come true.
"We have learned through experience to have confidence in our armed forces - and that confidence is very well deserved.
"But if you talk to military leaders, they will tell you there is a big difference between pushing back the Iraqi armed forces in Kuwait and trying to defeat them on their home ground.
"There are limits to what even our military can do. Technology is not the solution to every problem."