07/03/2004: Thought for the Day:
LA Weekly: In a recent review of your book, leftist writer Ian Williams chides you for investing too much belief in the evil of the Bushies. Williams argues that, looking at Iraq, one might conclude that rather than grand imperialists, the Bush folks are instead spectacular screwups.
Johnson: Well, undoubtedly they bungled things in Iraq, from not using enough troops to misreading the intelligence, and there is more evidence of it every day. But there was never a plan to leave Iraq because there is no intention of leaving Iraq. We are currently building 14 bases there. Dick Cheney canít imagine giving up that oil. And the military canít imagine giving up those bases. Thatís why they canít come up with a plan to leave.
--LA Weekly interview with Chalmers Johnson
Len on 07.03.04 @ 07:52 AM CST