Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MST
"That war, which was mistakenly entered into by President Bush, Vice
President Dick Cheney and the neocons..."That's the only
sentence in this great letter with which I disagree. I don't belive it was
a "mistake" by those who led us into the war. I believe it was a
deliberate action taken for less than noble reasons. Whether it was the belated
attempts to complete the eleimination of Saddam Hussein, something left left
undone after Desert Storm, or willful actions meant to enrich specific companies
whose surrogate held one of the highest offices in the land, the false premises
that led us to the invasion of Iraq and the deep divisions that war has caused
in our country need to be addressed in the halls of Congress and in the
Here, here, an apology for Iraq is in order from republicans. And an apology
for ignoring warnings a month before the 9/11 attack and allowing the steel from
the twin towers to be shipped off to China before investigators even arrived.
(destruction of evidence)Benghazi is a minor issue even to
republicans. Trying to destroy Clinton pre presidential election 2016 is not a
minor issue for republicans. But we have reels and reels of praise for Clinton
from even Limbaugh when she was running against Obama. I can't wait to
bring them out.
While were at it we should also apologize for the Revolutionary War, Civil War,
Mexican War, Spanish American WAr, World WArs I and II, Korea and Vietnam.
They cost lives. We can't appease all terrorists there are times in order
to preserve freedom liberty is worth more than life.
Furthermore, most House repubs voted to decrease funding for embassy security
prior to this event. Now they're the ones lobbing stones at Mrs. Clinton.
@higvAnd how, exactly, did invading Iraq help in the eradication of
terrorism and terrorists?How exactly did invading Iraq "preserve
freedom liberty?" I spent a year there doing my best to "preserve
freedom liberty." Their freedom and liberty are not more valuable than my
life and the lives of the thousand of Americans who died there. There are more
terrorists, despots, and thugs in the world than we can "take out." We
can't police them all.
My nephew served in Iraq and volunteered to go back two more times after
receiving the Purple Heart. I asked him why. He said "because I can do so
much good there for the people." He was thanked numberless times on a daily
basis by the Iraqi people. Maybe had it been your freedom that was preserved
you wouldn't be so quick to condemn the war. Arm chair quarterbacks are
seldom right on calling the plays.
As was noted earlier, whatever Iraq was, it was not a mistake. It took a lot of
horsepower on the part of the administration to cook up enough evidence and
cobble together a coalition to justify the invasion, and all of it was
calculated and deliberate.
Defense Contrators and Oil Companies were the only "winners" in
Bush's cooked up, and 100% fabricated wars.I'd like ONE
Conservative to show me in the Consitutiton were non-existant WMDs, Military
Hardware and Oil sales could circumvent the entire Congress and the
Constitutional authority to justify "war".The correct word
for it was for Bush's activity is - Pilldge.
@ECR and Hutterite: I think you are confusing "mistake" with
"accident." Intentional actions can be mistakes (like deciding to try
to outrun the train to the crossing). The Iraq war was a conscious, deliberate
action. It was also terribly wrong, a mistake.higv: "While
were at it we should also apologize for the Revolutionary War, Civil War,
Mexican War, Spanish American WAr, World WArs I and II, Korea and Vietnam. They
cost lives."The point is not whether a war costs lives-- they al do--
but whether the war is justified and the losses are in the national interest. A
positive case could be made for the Revolution and Civil War. Apologies are
probably due for the Mexican and Spanish American wars, both trumped up affairs.
Let's not forget that during the election campaigns, our own Jason Chafetz
boasted that he had voted against "wasting" money requested by the State
Department for embassy security.Funny, how quiet he has been about
that since the Benghazi attack.
Ms. Clinton's feeble rationalization of the Benghazi fiasco was
embarrassing. Weapons of mass destruction were thought to exist by both parties
prior to the Iraqi war. The left wing conveniently forgets their complicity.
Obama's war in Afghanistan will match Iraq as a futile and expensive
@the old switcharoo:"Here, here (did you mean 'hear,
hear?'), an apology for Iraq is in order from republicans."If you'll recall, the Iraq War would not have happened without
congressional approval, including Democrats such as Dodd, Kerry, Reid, and
Clinton. And the war would not have continued without continued congressional
approval... including when it was controlled by Democrats. Keep that in
mind."Trying to destroy Clinton pre presidential election 2016
is not a minor issue for republicans."Trying to destroy
Republican Mitt Romney was not a minor issue for Democrats."But
we have reels and reels of praise for Clinton from even Limbaugh when she was
running against Obama. I can't wait to bring them out."I
can't wait to hear Clinton reiterate that Obama is not a citizen and thus,
not eligible to be president.@Ernest T. Bass:"Furthermore,
most House repubs voted to decrease funding for embassy security prior to this
event. Now they're the ones lobbing stones at Mrs. Clinton."Are you forgetting Senate Democrats also had a hand in decreased funding... as
well as the President. Why the selective finger pointing?
Excellent letter. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that
@Eric Samuelsen:"I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that
apology, though."Apology for what? Going to war against a
tyrant who had WMD? If you'll recall, Saddam had WND. He used them to
kill Kurds in the north of Iraq... called poison gas of some kind.
"Trying to destroy Republican Mitt Romney was not a minor issue for
Democrats."Ha ha, Democrats didn't even need to try to
destroy Mitty. His own party and his own mouth did that for him. 47 percenters,
members of his own party bashing women and minorities, and Corporations are
People didn't exactly help his campaign."called poison gas
of some kind."Poison gas is a WMD? In that case, I have some
WMDs every time I eat Mexican food. I remember Cheney talking about,
"The only sign of Saddam's WMDs being a mushroom cloud."Silly me, and here I thought we were going after nukes! I should have known
that we were merely going after intestinal disorders. Why
didn't we wait for inspections? Why didn't Germany or France join? Why
were we searching for ways to go to invade Iraq instead of containing him? It
was a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to contain him than to "break"
and "buy" that country.Repubs, the party of
non-accountability will never apologize for their mishandling of the deficit,
economy, health care, entitlements, and foreign affairs. They can only blame
Clinton and Obama.
wrz - if you recall, the Senate gave approval for the president to wage the war
in Iraq for two reasons:1. They were told that doing so would force
Hussien to come forward with the location of the fantom WMDs (but he
didn't)...2. ...and Congress was scared into giving such
approval in the days and weeks following the worst attack on American soil and
the willful misleading of the public and the Congress by the Administration and
their cohorts at the CIA - "We don't want the next smoking gun to be a
mushroom cloud", said national security advisor Condoleeza Rice on Sunday
morning TV. And Secretary of State Colin Powell has since expressed sorrow and
regret for giving a speech at the UN that he later found to be lacking in
factual evidenceWithout the deception on the part of the
administration, Congress never would have voted to approve the war. The damage
to our national budget and the loss of brave soldiers in this misguided endeavor
is exceeded only by the divisiion this war caused among the people of the
nation. An apology is the least that can and should be given.
@Alfred"Saddam had WND"Had is the operative word
there, all his biological weapons were taken care of before the 2nd invasion.
All that was found was a bunch of old artillery shells with some deposits still
in. Hardly a "clear and present" danger to the United States was it.You also might want to read into how Saddam actually made that gas.
Samples of various biological weapons were sent from the US to Iraq during the
Iran-Iraq war in the 80's. In fact a lot of western nations provided Saddam
with all the material he needed.
To those you you who still believe that the WMD's were just a ploy to get
us into a war for oil, please explain the following:"Troops
'foil Iraq nerve gas bid'" July 2, 2004"US did find Iraq
WMD" NY Post October 25, 2004"Iraqi Nerve Gas, WMD Find Blows Away
Pundits" NewsMax, May 17, 2004"WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued
in Iraq – With Surprising Results" Wired October 23, 2010"Iraq mortar shells contain blister agent" USA Today January 11,
2004"Bomb said to hold deadly sarin gas explodes in Iraq" MSNBC
May 17, 2004"Sarin, Mustard Gas Discovered Separately in Iraq" Fox
New May 17, 2004"Warheads with mustard, sarin gas found by Polish
troops in Iraq: Rumsfeld" Spacewar July 1, 2004"Hundreds of WMDs
discovered in Iraq" WorldNetDaily June 21, 2006If the WMD's
did not exist why was it reported at least 9 times that WMDs were found?Also to reflect what has been said before, if the Republicans are at
fault for the war, why is it that the Democrats have voted year after year to
keep funding the war? Why don't they defund the war and end it?
RedShirtUSS Enterprise, UT...if the Republicans are at fault for the
war, why is it that the Democrats have voted year after year to keep funding the
war? Why don't they defund the war and end it?12:38 p.m. Jan.
30, 2013========== because, When someone was stupid
enough to kick down the beehive and tick off all the bees, is it a safe or a
smart thing to simply ignore what happened, ignore them and simply walk away
from it?Guess what, Those now angry "killer" bees will just
follow you home.[Which begs the question - could that be the hidden agenda
or alterior motive of GOP ultra-cons to feed the giant Military Industrial
Complex for generations to come?]
To "LDS Liberal" now you are nto making sense. You and your ilk say
that Iraq was a mistake.Now you say that we have to stay there
because Iraq was full of killers and people who murder anybody who comes to
close.So, either Iraq was good because we destroyed the nest full of
"killer" bees, or it was bad because the "killer" bees never
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