Thursday, January 27, 2005

Eliot Weinberger : What I Heard about Iraq

London Review of Books (via Mathew Gross)

In 1992, a year after the first Gulf War, I heard Dick Cheney, then secretary of defense, say that the US had been wise not to invade Baghdad and get ‘bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq’. I heard him say: ‘The question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is: not that damned many.’

Not that many? Bring out the parsers!