Conquerors or Liberators Revisited17 Oct 2004
Allow me to repeat myself: "Even in April (2003) it was clear that an troops would be in Iraq for at least two years, well past the 2004 election. And I also remember thinking back then that, from his timing of the war, President Bush was handing the fate of his re-election away from US voters and to the Iraqi people. If, say, in the summer of 2004 the occupation is going badly, the Iraqis do not feel liberated and 'better off than they were 4 years ago', if US soldiers are still killing and being killed, Iraq would then dominate the US election and Bush would be like LBJ in 1968, namely toast.... Or, as Buzz Machine commented: 'The war was a success. But the peace is hell.'"
It looks like I was wrong about LBJ and toast, but the peace has turned out to be more hellish that I ever imagined.