CLARKE: I think all the measures that I thought should have been taken were in the plan that I presented in January of 2001 and were in the NSPD that the principals approved in September, September 4th, 2001. There were no additional measures that I had in mind other than those that I presented. And as I did explain, both to the commission and to the joint inquiry, those proposals, which ultimately were adopted by the principals committee, took a very, very, very long time to make it through the policy development process.
Yes, the Arab countries only signed on to free Kuwait but would not have liked a US presence in Baghdad. Washington believed Saddam's army was sick of his wars (Iran/Kuwait/Desert Storm) and would topple him. Obviously we were out of touch there.wildames said:I think the political concensus was that invading Iraq and deposing Saddam in '91 would have enraged our Arab/Muslim allies. The Arab/Muslim section of the "Coalition" forces were allowed to take the lead after Swartz did the heavy work.
Not to worry though, as our Arab/Muslim allies and enemies are just as ticked off now as they would have been then.