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2003: What if President Bush had not invaded Iraq?

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On another anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, let me ask a simple question:  

What if Pres. Bush had not invaded Iraq?   

Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote this in 2005:    

“One problem is that we always know what did happen as a result of war, but we never know what didn’t happen. What if we had not gone to war in Europe in 1917, Korea in 1950, or even Vietnam in the 1960s?” 

What would have happened if Pres. Bush had not invaded Iraq?  Let me offer some ideas:

1. Saddam Hussein would have succeeded in mocking the UN and the Security Council.  How many more times can you warn someone that this is your last warning?  Is 12 years enough warning?

2. Iraq would have continued shooting at US and UK planes enforcing UN resolutions. How many times do you allow someone to fire missiles at your aircraft without interpreting it as an act of war?

3.  What about the cost of doing nothing?  Containment wasn’t cheap. We did not choose between peace and war with Saddam Hussein. We were in fact at war with Iraq but we did not call it that.

4.  What about Israel? Saddam was not a friend of Israel. What would the Middle East look like with Iraq and Iran threatening Israel?

Yes, Bush’s critics need to answer one simple question: What if Bush had not invaded Iraq?

So far, I have not heard anyone explain to me how Iraq would have been better if we had left Saddam in power.

Our inability to act against terrorism in the 1990s proved fatal on 9-11. As Clifford May wrote:  

“It’s easy to say that if we had left Saddam alone, nothing bad would have happened. But how is that different from what was said for years about Osama bin Laden? We knew his intentions. We didn’t take pre-emptive action. Don’t you wish we had? If Americans have learned anything, it should be this: When people say they intend to kill you, take them seriously.”

Put me down as someone who believes that taking out Saddam was the right thing to do. 

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  • Anonymous

    just like the vietnam war it is all bullshit–the deep state sending americans to die in a god forsaken hell hole of shit–the UN is a farce,a country club of bullshit just like all the other war mongers jackasses–usa killed millions of people in vietnam for NO REASON,same thing in Irag–it is a power,money scam-wise up you moron–trump kept us out at least 5 conflicts that the war mongers were calling for blood–he got the arabs,joos closer to each other than anybody has in hundreds,if not thousands of years–now the insane crowd around this Bi dead creep is going to get us into more conflict—-f them all

  • Anonymous

    btw–the 9/11 was an inside job,CIA –it too is a farce,fake bullshit and everybody in the usa,the world knows it-the CIA took out Kennedy,oswald was a patsy–read the true report on the oct 1,’17 harvest festival in vegas– a botched isis attempt to take out the saudi crown prince who was on the top floor of the mandalay hotel–paddock the suppose shooter was another CIA patsy –find one cop in vegas who will talk about what happened–you won’t find one–trump allowed the paddock shooter bullshit to ride to keep us out of ww3–the deep state runs the show –someday a nuke will drop on DC and the shit will hit the fan…game over

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