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Republicans: What do you think of Gerald Ford not supporting the Iraq "War"?

As if 62% of American citizens, retired generals, and most of the world was enough, now an interview conducted by Bob Woodward with Gerald Ford was released in which Ford says he wouldn't have invaded Iraq with the intell provided to the White House. So, how many high ranking people do you think it will take to get Bush to admit invading Iraq was a bad idea?

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  • ken y
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    that is why bush had him killed i guess

    first it was James Brown now Ford... who's next ?

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  • Actually, the question is whether people approve of how Bush is handling the war. Yes, the ratings are very low - 30% or so. But how many of the "no" votes are from people who think we're not fighting hard enough, and how many are from those who want us to leave? You can't assume all the "no" votes are favoring withdrawal.

    Ford's opinion carries some weight, indeed. But it's odd that Ford said "don't release the comments until after I die." It would make more sense for the country's sake to say don't release it until the war's over. It seems kinda cowardly to say it and let it out while the war's still on, but when you don't have to explain or defend the comment. Maybe he didn't feel strongly enough about it one way or the other to make a stronger statement. Or, Ford may have been ailing and didn't think it through.

    Although the lines are more sharply drawn than in the past, neither Democrats nor Republicans speak with one voice on this issue. Joe Lieberman, Zell Miller and Ed Koch are all Democrats who support Bush's Iraq policy.

    PS The Ford family has asked Rumsfeld to deliver Ford's eulogy. The interview was two years ago, and that request was made this week. He couldn't have been that opposed to Rumsfeld, could he?

    Source(s): It's unclear whether Ford supported the war or not! Now we have this report: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/483757p-407...
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  • 1 decade ago

    He is welcome to have his own opinion just like anybody else.

    I don't think Bush will see this as any more complicated than that. I think he does put a lot of stock in the outcome of the recent election. The will of the American people does weigh on mind, and he is working on how to make changes.

    Even hind-sight in this war is not 20-20. There isn't a man on earth who really knows if the USA is safer or less safe as a direct result of the Iraq war. There is only opinion based on available information.

    I don't care what "most of the world" thinks any more than you actually have any clue at all what they think.

    What do I think? (even though I'm not a Republican) I think comments from President Ford that were released where significant to historical record and insignificant to our current position.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Why would it bother anyone if Ford didn't support the war? Are people not entitled to have an opinion?

    Are you now trying to prove that your point of view is right just because a president from the 70's didn't agree with the war either?

    That is really stretching, are people getting that desperate to be considered right? There are a lot of policies I don't agree with Bush about, so what? Isn't that what makes America great?

    I guarantee you there are many issues that Hillary and Obama don't see eye to eye about. Are you ready to start bashing them?

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would say it is 2 against 2. Both Ford and Carter are against the Iraq war. Both Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. favored war.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think that he has a right to his opinion as I have a right to mine. Because former president Ford disagreed with the war does not mean that it is wrong. In 1998 Bill Clinton thought something should be done to Saddam and Iraq but he just didn't have the will power to do what was right.

    If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity, even in the face of a clear message from the United Nations Security Council and clear evidence of a weapons of mass destruction program."

    President Clinton

    Address to Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pentagon staff

    February 17, 1998

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  • ramshi
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Ford's not supporting is just like those of many rational people.

    Bush will not admit Iraq invasion was a bad idea. The moment he does, he will have to give up Presidency. (Tony Blair in Britain would als fall.) That appears to be the only reason he keeps claiming he has been right.

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  • Tara P
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The number of high ranking people speaking out against the war it will take to get Bush to admit invading Iraq was a bad idea cannot be conceived by the human brain. If you try to think about it too hard, your brain will explode.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Do Republicans have to stick together that much? They're a lot different 30 years later.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ford was a politically astute person, who knew what he was talking about. I think he made some useful observations.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I support our men and women but not the war and never have Bush is wrong but I do respect cause he is the president.

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