Kautilyan: Friedman, I told you so: “I thought the administration would have to do the right things in Iraq ? from prewar planning and putting in enough troops to dismissing the secretary of defense for incompetence ? because surely this was the most important thing for the president and the country. But I was wrong. There is something even more important to the Bush crowd than getting Iraq right, and that’s getting re-elected and staying loyal to the conservative base to do so. It has always been more important for the Bush folks to defeat liberals at home than Baathists abroad.”

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