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August 20, 2007

Thank God Our Leaders Are Completely Different From Saddam Hussein

Here's an NPR story from February, 2003:

The Bush administration has been decidedly vague about how much a war with Iraq might cost. When pressed, officials have said less than $50 billion. Last year, White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey caused a stir when he put the price tag at between 100 and 200 billion at best. The administration dismissed the figure, and Lindsey was soon fired.

Here's the 2004 WMD report by the CIA:

Advisory groups [Saddam] established generally assumed Saddam already had a preferred position [on issues] and commonly spent time trying to guess what it was and tailor their advice to it. More conscientious members of the Regime sought to work around sycophantic or timid superiors...

The growth of a culture of lying to superiors hurt policymaking...Lack of structural checks and balances allowed false information to affect Iraqi decision making with disastrous effects...

Saddam ignored his economic advisors in the Ministries of Finance and Planning with respect to strategic planning. For example, Saddam entered the Iran-Iraq war heedless of Ministry warnings about the economic consequences. He had no plan or strategy for how the war was to be financed.

Posted at August 20, 2007 06:57 AM | TrackBack

As I posted elsewhere (and since nobody has acknowledged my, uh, genius):

It's been noted that the Bush admin is hostile toward expertise and science, but what they really are doing is denying any source of authority beyond the Party. W is the authority and no other authority shall be held before Him.

The same goes for anything else which could be considered authoritative (bean counters, laws, treaties, the UN) because the problem with other authorities is that they can tell you NO.

It's much easier to do dumb things if you make sure no competing authorities have been able to tell you it's a dumb thing.

I'm sure Saddam's regime worked much the same.

Posted by: Jon H at August 20, 2007 07:42 AM

they probably didn't take into account (with the $100-200Bn) number that the CPA would leave actual wads of cash lying around...

Posted by: almostinfamous at August 20, 2007 12:22 PM
I'm sure Saddam's regime worked much the same.

I'm getting the feeling that the analysts who wrote that CIA report were conscious of the parallels with the Bush administration.

Posted by: Gag Halfrunt at August 20, 2007 01:58 PM