“We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq”

I didn’t have time to post about this story from TPM earlier, Scoop for Spanish Daily: Transcript of Private 2003 Bush Talk Promising Iraq Invasion . I think Talking Points Memo ( Spain Opens the Books on Bush? ) scooped E&P – Transcript of Private 2003 Bush Talk Promising Iraq Invasion

Saddam Hussein is not being disarmed. We must take to him right now. We have shown an incredible degree of patience until now. They are left two weeks. In two weeks we will be militarily ready. I believe that we will obtain the second resolution…. We will be in Bagdad at the end of March. A 15% of possibilities that exist then Saddam Hussein is dead or has gone away…

So along with the British Bush was telling allies that the inspections were just part of a wave of propaganda, the Downing Street memo –

C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime’s record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

It is known that Bush was determined to start a war as far back as 1999. Bushed talked war in 1999

And, as a last resort, we must be willing to use military force. We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq. But if Saddam Hussein does not disarm peacefully, he will be disarmed by force. – From Bush speech, For Immediate Release,Office of the Press Secretary, March 8, 2003

To me non-binding means Bush will ignore it faster then he can put on his two thousand dollar cowboy boots, From NBC’s Ken Strickland

In a strong rebuff to the Bush Administration on Iraq, the Senate overwhelming approved a plan by Biden that essentially calls for breaking Iraq into three sections: Kurd, Sunni, and Shia. While the amendment is nonbinding, it’s the first measure to pass, (vote was 75-23,) that goes against the administration’s war strategy.

Symbolic acts can have a big impact in the world of politics. The Right excels at symbolism as much as it fails on substance. Most of the public will see this as just another little dance done to quell the worries of the fence sitters – that five percent of the population that wavers back and forth between supporting Bush’s cycle of failure in Iraq. A failure not do so much to great ideas poorly executed, but bad ideas that had no real chance of success to begin with. A cycle that most Republicans continue to support. Its understandable that non-binding is the only kind of resolution that righties like Brownback will sign up for, but I can’t think of an excuse for Democrats.

Kyl-Lieberman AMENDED Before Passage Though it passed with several changes including this new paragraph,

“Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated on September 16, 2007 that “I think that the administration believes at this point that continuing to try and deal with the Iranian threat, the Iranian challenge, through diplomatic and economic means is by the preferable approach. That is the one we are using. We always say all options are on the table, but clearly, the diplomatic and economic approach is the one that we are pursuing.”

It seems to be the Right’s view that Webb and company have crippled the Commander Guys ability to respond to terrorists. On the other hand many liberals seem to think he gives Bush enough rhetorical room to parse a semi-blessing on any military adventures that he sees fit to conduct in or against Iran. Bush pushed the original AUMF against those that attacked us on 9-11 as authority to do everything from torture to ignoring habeas corpus so there is no reason to believe that this resolution really made much of a difference one way or the other. Bush swears he was honest about Iraq and only started the occupation as a last resort. While a few of his supporters are honest enough to admit that Bush hedged the truth he was justified in doing so for the sake of the survival of western civilization no less. This resolution was just more hand shadow puppets and once again too many Democrats bought tickets to the show. So much for the old adage burn me once….

What Is Iraq Costing You?

The War in Iraq has cost about $453,000,000,000 (four hundred and fifty-three billion dollars) to date.

I live in Ulster County, New York. Our share of that is $372,000,000 (three hundred and seventy-two million dollars).

If you live in Los Angeles, your bill is $4,823,000,000 (four billion, eight hundred twenty-three million). Savannah, Georgia, $144,000,000. Little Rock, Arkansas, $339,000,000. That’s how much you’re putting in so far. It keeps ticking away at two billion dollars a week. If you live somewhere else and want to know how much it’s costing your city or county, go to costofwar.com.

Before Bush’s deeply wise decision to make Iraq a U.S. territory for the next hundred years the population of Iraq was about 25 million. We could have just made an offer to the Iraqi people. Overthrow Saddam and start a peaceful government that is the ballpark of being a liberal democracy and we’ll give every citizen a hundred thousand dollars a years for the next five years. We would have come out a head financially and three thousand plus American soldiers and marines would still be alive.