I found the following quote at History News Network, reminding us that as times change so do opinions of our leaders, not always becoming wiser, however:
"If you're going to go in and try to topple Saddam Hussein,you have to go to Baghdad. Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that's currently there now. Is it going to be a Shia regime, a Sunni regime or a Kurdish regime? Or one that tilts toward the Baathists, or one that tilts toward the Islamic fundamentalists? How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there? How long does the United States military have to stay to protect the people that sign on for that government, and what happens to it once we leave?"
Dick Cheney, then Secretary of Defense, April, 1991, explaining President George H.W. Bush's decision not to order the US Army to proceed into Baghdad.