Saddam Hussein stayed in power longer than his adversary, the purported victor in Desert Storm, George Herbert Walker Bush.Hussein was able to gloat while the elder Bush yielded power to Bill Clinton.W came into office with a plan to restore the family's prestige.
He was going to succeed where his dad had failed.And now, based on recent revelations, we can see from conversations W had with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, an invasion was going to take place whether weapons of mass destruction were found, or not.W wanted a pretext, any pretext, in order to justify vindicating his embarrassed family.To paraphrase Lyndon Johnson during Vietnam, W was going to nail Hussein to the barnyard door.This war, in other words, may be less about American national security or even about securing the oil supply than we ever thought.
The 2,000 plus American warriors killed, the tens of thousands wounded, our diminished treasury, and nearly bankrupt political capital in Arab countries, may be largely the result of W's desire for personal payback.No wonder his rhetoric is so black and white, that he merges the war on terror with the events that take place in Iraq.Like anyone with an axe to grind, W is searching in vain for a principled reason to keep America there.
If W fails, maybe President Jeb Bush can get the job done.When it comes to restoring tarnished family honor, perhaps three times is the charm!..Dr. Gary S. Goodman, President of Customersatisfaction.
com, is a popular keynote speaker, management consultant, and seminar leader and the best-selling author of 12 books, including Reach Out & Sell Someone® and Monitoring, Measuring & Managing Customer Service, and the audio program, "The Law of Large Numbers: How To Make Success Inevitable," published by Nightingale-Conant. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, worldwide. A Ph.
D. from USC's Annenberg School, a Loyola lawyer, and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, Gary offers programs through UCLA Extension and numerous universities, trade associations, and other organizations in the United States and abroad. He holds the rank of Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. He is headquartered in Glendale, California, and he can be reached at (818) 243-7338 or at: gary@customersatisfaction.
By: Dr. Gary S. Goodman