Tuesday, November 23, 2004

REMINDER: NO CONNECTIONS BETWEEN IRAQ & 9/11. As this war in Iraq drags on and on, and as more American troops are killed in the name of combating terrorism related to 9/11, it is important to remember:

  1. There are no connections between Iraq and the terrorist attack on 9/11.
  2. Saddam Hussein's Iraq did not harbor terrorists.
  3. Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction nor the capacity to develop them.
  4. There were no tangible national security threats from Iraq to America or the world when the President of the United States declared war on Iraq.
  5. A policy of deterrence, surveillance, air policing, and international inspections had neutered Saddam Hussein as a menace to the world.
It seems to me that citizens should not let these facts be lost in the plethora of rationalizations and appeals to freedom and patriotism that continue to be fomented as a cover for a disastrous Presidential mistake. All the Bush Administration lies, half-truths, errors in judgment, and/or costly mistakes that led to war in Iraq must be confessed for the sake of moral credibility. Only then, it seems to me, can America begin to recover integrity on the global stage and bring ready resolution to the debacle in Iraq our leadership continues to call a "war on terror."

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