Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate
Pro to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now.
It was not well managed in the -- after the takedown of Saddam Hussein and his military. That was done brilliantly, an extraordinary success. But in the years that followed, it was not well -- we were undermanaged, underprepared, underplanned, understaffed, and then we come into the phase that we have now. The plan that President Bush and General Petraeus put together is working. It's changing lives there.
And perhaps most importantly, it's making sure that al Qaeda and no other group like them is becoming a superpower, if you will, in the communities, and having a safe haven from which they launch attacks against us."
Republican Presidential Debate, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, hosted by MSNBC, St. Petersburg Times, Jan. 24, 2008
Experts Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founder and Honorary Chairman, Free & Strong America PAC (Political Action Committee), 2009
Member, Board of Directors, Marriott International, Inc., 1992-2002, 2009
Republican Presidential Candidate, 2008
Chariman, Republican Governors Association, 2006
Governor of Massachusetts, 2002-2006
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, 1999-2002
Chairman and CEO, Bain & Co., 1991-2001
CEO and Managing Partner, Bain Capital, Inc., 1984-2001
Member, Board of Directors, Staples Inc., 1986-2001
President, Boston Stake Latter Day Saints Church, 1986-1994
Former Visiting Committee, Harvard Business School