Do libs honestly think GW Bush knew there were no WMD's in Iraq? Have we forgotten Pres Eisenhower's explanation of the Military Industrial?
Complex and it's determination to remain a permanent armaments industry of *VAST* proportions?
.Those images of mobile nukes, etc, are what the M.I.C. lives and breathes.
If you'll remember, the presentation was delivered by a 5-star general. Not even the president. I wouldn't be surprised if Bush was actually about half terrified and on the phone with his family.
- W.T. DoorLv 73 months agoFavorite Answer
We knew there were WMDs in Iraq because Iraq HAD USED THEM to kill tens of thousands of Iranians and their own people (Iraqi Kurds). Saddam Hussein's willingness to use biological and chemical weapons was a certain indication he would use nuclear weapons if he got them.
Iraq had an active nuclear weapons development program at the time we invaded in 2003. The Iraqi nuclear scientists were exaggerating their progress - probably to avoid being executed by Saddam Hussein - but they would have built nuclear weapons had we not invaded.
Note it appears the Iraqi nuclear scientists fled to Iran when Iraq was conquered.
- RonLv 63 months ago
ISIS had taken control of a WMD factory with chemical weapons. There were WMDs found in Iraq as late as 2008 according to government documents uncovered
- MikeLv 73 months ago
Al Gore , Hillary , John Kerry Bill Clinton are on record saying there was WMDs in Iraq
- Huh?Lv 73 months ago
I believe Bush wanted the intelligence agencies to find evidence of the WMDs and Iraq involvement in 9/11 to justify taking action against them. It was partly Chaney who regretted Bush Sr. stopping the first gulf war before regime change and part Bush Jr justifying what he thought was true dispite the lack of evidence.
The intelligence community, instead of pushing back, provided the thinnest of justifications for the invasion, based on weak or even suspected fake intelligence.
This is why Trump has so many problems with the intelligence community. They are trying not to make the same mistakes when dealing with Trump. They are refusing to doctor their intelligence assessment to fit Trumps world view and report the evidence it knows to be true, instead of responding to the whims of the President.
Update: Colin Powell delivered the presentation to the UN he was a 4 star general, not 5.
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- RWPossumLv 73 months ago
I don't see the relevance of what Eisenhower said.
I am in the minority of liberals who don't think the invasion of Iraq was a travesty, although the occupation of Iraq - crooked and incompetent - was a travesty.
Saddam Hussein's behavior, frustrating the UN inspectors, which made him look guilty although he had nothing to hide, is a puzzle. He got himself killed with that stupid game of his.
"Mr. President, there's concern that Iraq is on the verge of anarchy and civil war."
"Bring it on!"
A shame we didn't have an adult in charge.
- 3 months ago
Saddam's WMDs went to Syria with his family and riches.
- YavanLv 73 months ago
If anybody thought there was a serious WMD program in Iraq, an invasion would have been out of the question.
Is anybody seriously suggesting invading North Korea?
The invasion of Iraq rapidly increased nuclearization around the world. The U.S. sent a message that day that actually, WMDs are your only guarantee against invasion.
And remember that the U.N. was never allowed to complete its inspections. No way. This invasion was urgent. We couldn't wait a couple of weeks. What if they were just on the verge of a mushroom cloud? Well, if he really believed that, again, troops on the ground would not have been an option.
- Anonymous3 months ago
We protested against the Iraq invasion, over eleven million American people in the street one Saturday. War is above the people.