So Totally Worth It

Where was this kind of reporting before the election?
Statements by the Bush administration before and after the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 on Saddam Hussein's weapons programs:


"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." - Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002.

"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Sept. 8, 2002.

"After 11 years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more." - President Bush, Oct. 7, 2002.

"Saddam Hussein is a man who told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass destruction, but he's got them." - Bush, Nov. 3, 2002.

"The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction pose to the world." - Secretary of State Colin Powell, Feb. 5, 2003.



"Although we have not found stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, we were right to go into Iraq. ... We removed a declared enemy of America who had the capability of producing weapons of mass murder." - Bush, July 12, 2004.

"We got it wrong. We have seen nothing to suggest that he had actual stockpiles." - Powell, Oct. 1, 2004.

"We were all unhappy that the intelligence was not as good as we had thought that it was. But the essential judgment was absolutely right. Saddam Hussein was a threat." - Rice, Oct. 3, 2004.

"It turns out that we have not found weapons of mass destruction. Why the intelligence proved wrong I'm not in a position to say, but the world is a lot better off with Saddam Hussein in jail." - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Oct. 4, 2004.

"He retained the knowledge, the materials, the means and the intent to produce weapons of mass destruction and he could have passed that knowledge on to our terrorist enemies." - Bush, Oct. 7, 2004.

"Based on what we know today, the president would have taken the same action because this is about protecting the American people." - White House press secretary Scott McClellan, on Wednesday.
You know, you do realize that this:
"Saddam Hussein is a man who told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass destruction, but he's got them." - Bush, Nov. 3, 2002
actually means that the evil dictator was telling the truth, and the leader of the (allegedly) free world was lying? Chaw on that one for awhile, warbloggers, while you contemplate your next rationalization about why it doesn’t really matter that there were no WMDs. Idiots.

Oh, and by the way, Bush says he still thinks going to war was “absolutely” worth it, despite there being no WMDs. Really? Why? This is the follow-up question that no one seems willing to ask. Why was it worth it? Because “the world is safer” without Saddam isn’t an answer, not a satisfactory one, anyway. It’s questionable whether even the Iraqi people are safer without Saddam, no less the rest of world, especially considering it’s now clear he had little means to wreak the havoc deposing him ostensibly prevented.

“This is about protecting the American people” is a bullshit reason, too. (Seriously, you could not pay me enough to take Scott McClellan’s job.) From what have we been protected, exactly, aside from images of our fallen soldiers coming home in their flag-draped coffins? A lot of Iraqis who didn’t hate us before sure hate us now, and so do a lot of people in a lot of other countries, and that doesn’t make Americans safer; that makes us targets. So thanks but no thanks for the “protection.” Much obliged.

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