Today I'd like to address the issue of President Bush's "miscalculation." First off, I think it was nice of him to take the heat for us, but the obvious truth is that George Bush miscalculated nothing. Here's a couple secrets I'd like to reveal:
1) George W. Bush didn't learn anything about strategic war planning as a lieutenant in the Texas ANG. He didn't learn about war planning while serving as the Governor of Texas either.
2) Bill Clinton didn't learn anything about war planning as a young student in search of a secret method for smoking pot without inhaling. He didn't learn about war planning while serving as the Governor of Arkansas either.
When we bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Clinton called China and said "I'm sorry." Clinton had nothing to do with that bomb going astray, but as a leader, he took responsibility and did what we expect a leader to do. Bush did the same when he said that he "miscalculated" the transition from combat operations to stability operations in Iraq. The fact is, we had the most experienced military and diplomatic strategists in the world working on the strategy, and it just so happens that some of their assumptions were wrong. If you want to know the real story about the miscalculations, you won't get a more honest assessment than this one by LTG Wallace. LTG William Wallace was the V Corps Commander, and therefore, the Army Forces Commander in Iraq when the war kicked off. I arrived in Kuwait on February 28th '03 with the 101st Division Advance Party and I was surprised when LTG Wallace welcomed us off the plane. He shook our hands and said he wanted to personally welcome the 101st and thank us for coming. I'll never forget what he said to us that day:
"I know you've been hearing different things on the news, but I'm telling you it's not a matter of if this war's gonna happen, it's a matter of when it's gonna happen. It's gonna be tough, it's gonna take courage and sacrifice, and if we thought it was gonna be easy, we wouldn't have asked for the 101st."