In my speeches, I have said that the United States paid a price for not stopping the looting in Iraq in the immediate aftermath of major combat operations and that we did not have enough troops on the ground to accomplish that task. The press and critics of the war have seized on these remarks in an effort to undermine President Bush’s Iraq policy.
This effort won’t succeed. Let me explain why.
I’m reminded of the scene in The Godfather where Michael Corleone is explaining to Kay Adams how his father runs his business. Don Corleone was having trouble with a bandleader who wouldn’t let singer Johnny Fontane (i.e. Frank Sinatra) out of a contract so he could make a movie. Don Corleone finally goes to see the bandleader and takes Luca Brasi, his enforcer, with him and explains that either his signature or his brains would be on the contract release. “That’s how my father operates,” explains Michael.
Somehow I get the feeling that Luca Brasi, in the form of Karl Rove, paid a call on L. Paul Bremer.