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Published: Friday, May 2 2014 9:36 p.m. MDT

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Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Did our President exercise due diligence before preemptively attacking Iraq?

You would think given the Death and Destruction he caused on both sides he would be embarrassed to go out in pubic.

Were the reasons give at the start of the war in Iraq the same reasons for going to war in the middle and end of the war in Iraq? Why the difference?

David
Centerville, UT

Iron Rod,

I think a majority of Americans have regrets that we went to war in Iraq. However, at the time, most Americans (including a large number of Democrats) favored going to war.

The world all new that Saddam had WMD (he had used them against the Iranians during the 80's, and he used them against the Kurd's in the 90's--within the borders of his own country). After the first Gulf Wart there were efforts to find and destroy/dismantle all WMDs in Iraq. Saddam behaved to protect his stockpiles even under the weight of world-wide pressure and having lost the first Gulf War. He would refuse to allow inspectors in. A vote at the UN to increase sanctions would be drawn, Saddam would say he would allow inspectors in, then he would refuse their access to key sites and kick inspectors back out. This continued for a decade, if not longer.

UN resolutions often contained provision for military force to eliminate stockpiles if Saddam did not comply, but that provision was never enforced until the US finally said enough already.

David
Centerville, UT

…Saddam was also threatening Israel, greatly destabilizing the Middle East, encouraging if not outright supporting terrorists in the region.

A majority of Congress, including many Democrats, voted to authorize going to war against Saddam, to remove him from power. Nearly every intelligence agency and government in the world favored war with Iraq to remove Saddam due to the widely held belief that he had WMDs (did they end up in Syria and we are seeing them now? Quite possible).

A little more background information: Many Republicans were disappointed that Bush Sr. did not take the fight to Baghdad in the first Gulf War. Also, Saddam and his agents attempted to assassinate Bush Sr. Bush Jr did not ever state this, but perhaps there was a revenge factor.

Remember, however, that the US did not go to war with Iraq until sometime after the Twin Towers attack in the US. There was due diligence done before the rush to war. Unfortunately, Saddam had time to move the WMDs, or every intelligence agency in the world got it wrong.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Iron Rod. The reason we went to war with Iraq is the same reason we went to war with Germany and Japan and almost with Syria and Libya; to stop a murdering dictator from killing their own people. Then we leave to allow the people to govern themselves. We are liberators, not occupiers, unlike Putin. President Bush told us we were in a new kind of war of ideology from many nations. That's why we are still fighting al Qaida in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and even here in our homeland. They are still attacking us and we are still at war with them. We will go on fighting them whether you or any other liberal likes it or not because they will continue to attack us. Iraq was and is a small part of this ideological war!

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Some people have not forgotten.

It was reported today that Condolessa Rice cancelled a commencement address at Rutgers University on May 17 for which she would have been paid $35,000. Why? Many of the faculty and students wanted to protest her role in the Iraq War.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Thid Barker 8:10 a.m. May 3, 2014

Your statement is wrong. We went to war with Japan because they attacked us. We went to war with Germany because they declared war on us after we declared war on Japan. Neither scenario happened with Iraq. We attacked and occupied Iraq for no good reason, in violation of international law and of the UN Security Council resolutions WE drafted and got approved (I've read them all and know what they say -- that the UNSC remains seized -- i.e., retains jurisdiction over -- the approving and launching of attacks). A lot of men and women were killed, maimed and injured because of what we did on the order of George Walker Bush. He should have been sent to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague to answer for his answer for his actions, but he skated.

As the wife and daughter of veterans who served honorably in time of war (and thankfully survived unhurt), I find it obscene that George would now try to use injured veterans -- the people his orders caused to be injured -- for political and/or financial gain, either for himself or his organization.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Furry. What do you mean we were not attacked? Do you remember 9/11 when al Qaida flew those airplanes into our buildings and murdered 3000 innocent people? Nearly every Democrat voted to go to war with Iraq and now Obama is killing people with drone attacks. Where is your outrage?

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Thid Barker 6:50 p.m. May 3, 2014

Sorry, I'm not able to answer your comment. I have posted my answer several times and the DesNews won't let it appear. Just remember this -- it wasn't Iraq that attacked on 9/11. That was AlQaeda and people from Saudi Arabia, and had nothing to do with Iraq.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Re Furry 1993
Ogden, UT

I have had the same problem. I posted something which I considered relative innocuous and it keep appearing "Banned Words". Any idea how you can find the list of "Banned Words"?

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