We were NOT looking the other way. We were searching the country
continuously. I never said that Saddam Hussein could be trusted
or that he didn't deserve punishment. My objection is to the cost
incurred by punishing him--destabilization and of civil war in Iraq,
and 4,000 plus American dead, the squandering of military resources
that could have been used to stabilize Afghanistan and to press
the fight against al Queda.
But the invasion of Iraq did worse than divert resources, it
also gave al Queda an opportunity to expand.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden were rivals who
disagreed on at least one major point. Bin Laden wanted to
attack 'the far enemy' (the US) first and thereby cut off
support to 'the near enemy', secular Muslim governments.
Al-Zarqawi wanted to attack the near enemy first.
So al-Zarqawi left Afghanistan and established himself in
Iraqi Kurdistan where he was implicated in attacks against
the regime of Saddam Hussein. After the US invasion in
2003, he declared his allegiance to bin Laden and began
attack the foreign occupation forces. Al Queda in Iraq
arose in response to the US invasion.
And Sadam led the way to where we could look. We could not deviate.
I never said that Saddam Hussein could be trusted
All items mentioned above are relative.
The civil war was unfortunate, s_it happens in a war.
While expensive, the money spent in the last 5 years while in Iraq is
marginally more that the money that would have been spent otherwise. Our
military does not operate for free during all other times.
4000 troops dead very unfortunate and my heart goes out to those soldiers,
their famlies and their friends. We will be forever endebted.. More
American soldiers die year in other parts of the world disarming explosives.
Because that is not the political hot bed subject few are aware of this
fact. More Americans die each day in the United States.
Anybody can make up a dozen explanations.
What _evidence_ do you have that he had resumed production--
ion spite of the fact that it made no sense to stockpile weapons
with a shelf life measured in months?
How did he return the restored factories to their former ruined
With the exception of mustard, Iraqi chemical weapons were short
lived. It would make no sense to hide them or, and this is very
to stockpile them in the first place. During the Iran-Iraq war Iraq
its chemical weapons from the factory to the front and used them
a couple of weeks after manufacture.
Why stockpile weapons that will be ineffective when it comes time
to use them?
If he had hidden weapons, why didn't he use them against us; was
he saving them for the NEXT US invasion?
Some people claim he sent the Syria. I'll allow as Saddam Hussein
was not the most brilliant military planner but I doubt even he would
ship his most fearsome weapons out of his own reach on the eve
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