Stopping Short

Brendan Miniter on OpinionJournal.com today convincingly argues that George H.W. Bush was right to stop short of removing Saddam in the first Gulf War. He writes in part:

Republicans didn’t control Congress at the time of the Gulf War, so the erosion of what little Democratic support there was would have doomed the war effort. Last week the House approved a defense bill north of $400 billion. Would a Democratic Congress have been willing to appropriate such a large sum to fight insurgents and rebuild Iraq in the run-up to the 1992 presidential election, at a time when the nation hadn’t been steeled by a terrorist attack on our own soil?

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