Two Pinnacles of Leadership in January of 2003 discussing the looming war in Iraq:
The memo, written by Blair's top foreign policy adviser David Manning, declares that the two leaders believed that "diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning." Among other things, the two leaders predicted a quick war and "manageable" aftermath. Bush predicted that it was "unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups," and Blair agreed.
Something that's made we want to gouge out my own eyeballs these last several years is the continuing reminders that our foreign policy is being determined by a man that spent his entire life avoiding expending the energy necessary to find out about the world around us. I mean could anybody seriously argue that if you asked George W. Bush what the causes of the First World War were he could give you a logical summary? That stammering, bumbling knucklehead who yammered incoherently through the first debate with Kerry is the REAL George W. Bush.
The man has just enough knowledge to keep up with a discussion of foreign policy between drunken yokels at the local tavern and not nearly enough by half to make the actual decisions on policy he makes each and every day.
"Bush predicted it was 'unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religous and ethnic groups..."
(Howard Dean Scream) YEAARRGGGGHHHH!!!!! (/Howard Dean Scream)