June 07, 2005

I have heard about a

I have heard about a memo that proves everything the liberals have been saying about the Iraq war being manufactured and just a personal vendetta against the poor harmless Saddam Hussein. I was, of course, reluctant to believe such accusations but now that this memo has surfaced, I too have questions. The text of the memo, I believe states, "Bush Lied, People Died."

What? Oh it doesn't say that?

What it does say that has everyone so upset:

Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy

The Downing Street Memo was written in July 23,2002; in this same memo Saddam's regime is described as:

...tough and based on extreme fear. The only way to overthrow it was likely to be by massive military action. Saddam was worried and expected an attack, probably by air and land, but he was not convinced that it would be immediate or overwhelming. His regime expected their neighbours to line up with the US. Saddam knew that regular army morale was poor. Real support for Saddam among the public was probably narrowly based.

Okay so let me get this straight, we have just experienced one of the worst attacks on American soil ever. Iraq has been identified as part of the infamous "axis of evil" by Bush in his January 2002 State of the Union Address. Military intelligence is coming in that this "axis of evil" has weapons of mass destruction which we can not deny or confirm with certainty because Saddam refuses to comply with the numerous U.N. sanctions. Yet another breakdown of talks between Iraq and the U.N. occurs in the beginning of July 2002. And the stage is set.

War does not just happen, it takes months and even years of planning and consideration. And yes a case must be made. Did Bush and Blair scheme to manipulate the data to support this war? No. They worked to acquire and present a compelling case for action with the data and intelligence already in existence and confirmed those pieces of information. This was about strategy and careful planning. And, yes, a way to garner public support for another war. Yes, the data turned out to be not so reliable, but please remember that we had no way of knowing because Saddam Hussein was not letting us find out. If he truly had nothing to hide, why did he refuse inspections?

Many liberals seem to be salivating and screaming to "Impeach Bush" because of this memo. They fail to remember that the WMD was only a part of the rationale to go to war. Some other components involved : liberation of an oppressed people, the removal of a tyrannical dictator, diminishing terrorist threats, removing access to funds and weapons for terrorists and, of course, the non-compliance with U.N. sanctions. It is unfortunate that they are blind to the fact that because of Bush, Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. Any rational person would see this as a very good thing, however I believe Kerry or Hillary would prefer to see Bush out of office and Saddam still in business. How twisted is that?

Posted by Jody at June 7, 2005 10:47 PM | TrackBack
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