Unintended Consequences or Unattended Idiots
The law of unintended consequences is not hard and fast. It is not as clear-cut as say
Marc Sandalow, the San Francisco Chronicle’s
The oft-stated hope that a new Iraqi government would swiftly transform the region's fractured politics has been realized with unintended consequences: an emboldened
; the victory of Hamas in Palestinian elections; and Iran 's departure from Syria . The familiar strain has been hatred between the Arabs and Israelis and a widely held assumption that the situation will grow worse before it improves. Lebanon
This was not the sort of geopolitical shakeup predicted by President Bush when he declared two weeks before the Iraq invasion that "acting against the danger will also contribute greatly to the long-term safety and stability of our world.''
An intellectually weak and nearly functionally illiterate president turns the foreign policy of the
Pentagon adviser Richard Perle, an administration confidant who was among the strongest proponents of the notion that overthrowing Hussein would stabilize the region, insisted at the time the war began that the fruits of
's liberation would come quickly. Iraq
"We want to bring real stability to the region,'' Perle said in a 2003 debate sponsored by Foreign Policy magazine. "We will hand over power quickly -- not in years, maybe not even in months -- to give Iraqis a chance to shape their own destiny. The world will see this.''
Perle said the chances for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "will improve as soon as Saddam is gone,'' and asserted that afterward "we will have a very good opportunity ... to persuade Syria to stop sponsoring terrorism.
"I promise we will be more effective in that if we remove Hussein,'' Perle said, exhibiting the confidence shared by many in the administration.
Ignorance is certainly a powerful tool when used indiscriminately. The neoconservative cabal that pushed the Iraqi war obviously had no idea what would happen as an immediate consequence of the war, nor what would happen in the region as the ramifications of this act rippled and reflected off each other.