So Maybe It Was All About Being Macho

There’s this new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, by NYT White House correspondent Peter Baker. Of course, there’s a fair bit about Iraq, including this tidbit:

Karen Hughes, one of the president’s closest confidantes, worried that it would be a mistake to go to war and brought up her concerns with Bush. The president sent her to Condoleezza Rice for reassurance, but she was never fully convinced and at several points tried to keep Bush from feeling trapped into going to war. As one senior official who came to rue his involvement in Iraq put it, “The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. Afghanistan was too easy.”

Tens of thousands of lives broken or lost. $3 trilion spent, all off-budget, yet a major part of the current deficit. All to show what tough guys they were.

It’s beyond obscene.

Later,

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