"I'll tell you this," Baker told PBS, "the meeting with Tariq Aziz in Geneva permitted us to achieve congressional support for something that the President was determined to do in any event." Or as Baker's boss told his advisors, "We have to have a war." Administration insiders have identified Bush's main motivations as twofold: to wipe out Iraq's military capabilities and to wipe out the "Vietnam syndrome." This was Beltway jargon for the American public's irritating reluctance to support overseas military adventures. At the end of the Gulf War, Bush exulted, "By God, we've licked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!"
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