Mike MccGwire on the Iraq war

One of my dearest friends and most esteemed mentors in the field of strategic studies is Mike MccGwire, a veteran analyst of (then-)Soviet military affairs who started out life as an officer in Her Majesty’s Navy. Or maybe His Majesty’s Navy, since MccGwire is now 85 years old.
I’m on a brief visit to England, and today I had the immense pleasure of going down to the MccGwires’ home in southern Dorset to visit Mike and his wife Helen. He always makes such good, succinct sense. We talked a little about the mega-lethal debacle of the US-led invasion of Iraq. One of his judgments ran something along these lines: “It was doomed to fail, anyway. Cheney wanted to use it to project a fearsome threat against Iran, along the lines of ‘Look, see, this is what you’ll be facing very soon.’ That involved pummeling Iraq very hard; pulverizing it. But Wolfowitz wanted it to be a little island of pro-American democracy in the region; an example of a completely different sort to the whole region. Their goals were at complete odds with each other.”
He also said, with his characteristic air of amazement, that he couldn’t understand why, whenever the American government is faced with a tricky problem on the international scene, “Its first instinct is to reach for the gun.”
Anyway, it was great to see him. Sorry this is all I have time to blog tonight.

4 thoughts on “Mike MccGwire on the Iraq war

  1. Salah

    Cheney wanted to use it to project a fearsome threat against Iran
    This totally was not the aim of neo project, in fact Cheney and his co looking for Iraqi oil when he established or joint oil company in France to buy tyrant regime oil (more accurately oil for food UN corrupted program).
    But Wolfowitz wanted it to be a little island of pro-American democracy in the region;
    This again not accurately reported if you are in ME born their and reading and breathing politics with 60 years of Israeli/Arab conflicts you never distant his work from 2000 old dream of Zionists who have taken their revenge from people their history so deep caused pain for them.
    Their goals were at complete odds with each other.
    Simply they are all war criminals deserve to be handed to Haig for crime against Humanity of killing of 100,000-1,000,000 people in WalkCake war.

  2. Salah

    Iraq: Key figures since the war began
    ELECTRICITY:

    Prewar nationwide: 3,958 megawatts. Hours per day (estimated): 4-8.

    April 7, 2010: Nationwide: 6,280 megawatts. Hours per day: 18.4.

    Prewar Baghdad: 2,500 megawatts. Hours per day: 16-24.

    April 7, 2010: Baghdad: N/A. Hours per day: 19.5.

    I leave you with this long list of Iraqi news about their ELECTRICITY power to find out by yourself who is laying here?

  3. epppie

    Why does every empire reach for its guns?
    How then does empire come into being? By rational good will to all humankind?
    What a genius.

  4. HALI

    This intimidation by America is earning it enemies in the world.
    America was loved at one time but now many hate it..time to reverse the trend..Obama is the man!

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