Another article (in our local paper) by a chest-bleating liberal zealot who misses having G.W. Bush to kick around (directly) for the world’s woes … lamenting our collective lack of sack cloth and ash as the 10th anniversary of a “war based on lies” and “a policy of torture” passed.
Except for him of course, because it’s all about a public display of proper self-loathing for a hit of GoodPerson™ Highness.
So here’s another liberal chestnut (or maybe a small basket of them) that I wish to address.
Yes, the 2003 Iraq war was based on lies. To be specific, Saddam Hussein’s lies.
See, the 1991 war, the one everyone agrees the U.N. got behind, with the big coalition that included “old” Europe never really ended. There was a cease fire agreement. And in that cease-fire agreement, Saddam Hussein said that he would comply with getting rid of his chemical weapons and any nuclear weapons programs, and would allow the UN to verify the dismantling and disposing of said systems.
But he didn’t do that. He stymied the inspections every chance he got, and eventually kicked the UN inspectors out. And, though he denied having these weapons anymore when speaking directly to western governments, he told a different story to his people and to those in the Middle East he wanted to impress.
So he lied about complying with the cease fire agreement, and he was lying to SOMEBODY about whether or not he had WMD.
Given the fact that 1) he did have them at one time, 2) the entire world intelligence community, including Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Madeline Albright, and virulent anti-Bush Democrats including Sam Berger, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschel, Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd, & Henry Waxman believed he had them, and Saddam wanted his people and his local enemies to believe he had them, and he was interfering with UN Inspectors efforts to verify that he was complying with his agreement to get rid of the ones he had … we didn’t so much start a new “illegal” war with Iraq, but rather set about to finish the one he started back in 1991 and lied to get us to stop.
In the mean time he was a known sponsor of international terrorism including Hamas. Despite protests to the contrary, he likely even helped Al-Queda where their interests and his aligned. Not that any of this is necessary to pin what I’ve already discussed above on him, but it certainly doesn’t help.
Had he not lied, but rather complied — there would have been no 2003 restart of the 1991 war.
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