The Duck and the Dick

Sometime this afternoon I came up with the title of this post, but now I can't remember what the Duck is for. Maybe I'll remember by the time I finish writing.

The Dick otoh, refers to Vice-president Dick Cheney. A 1994 video interview of him popped up today where he rationally explains why "regime change" in Iraq would be a bad idea:

For those of you who don't have shockwave: "Because if we’d gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn’t have been anybody else with us. There would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq.

Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq, you could very easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off: part of it, the Syrians would like to have to the west, part of it — eastern Iraq — the Iranians would like to claim, they fought over it for eight years. In the north you’ve got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey.

It’s a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq."

Funny, back in the 90s during the first gulf war, in response to reports from Amnesty International that Saddam was torturing Kuwaitis and that he had gassed Kurds, I was all in favor of "regime change." It was Papa Bush's administration that explained why this wasn't a good idea and they made a convincing case. In 2002/early 2003 as we ramped up the rhetoric and militia towards the current war, I was asking what had changed to make those arguments no longer valid. I'm still asking.

Hmmm... a google news search for "duck" tells me that Scary Spice's hubby killed a duck with a brick. But I really can't believe that's what I had intended to tie in with Dick Cheney. Or was it?

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