Weapons of mass destruction, which BTW have been found but just not in enough quantity to satisfy people of a certain political persuasion,
We've found WMDs, Source?
He provided safe haven to terrorists, paid the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, and had enough of a military to continue to threaten his neighbors.
Pakistan fits those criteria as well. A fervent supporter of international terrorist organizations, and not just a potential threat to their neighbors, but an actual aggressor as well. Moreover, no other country has done more to proliferate nuclear technology than Pakistan. And yet rather than invade, we give them direct cash subsidies, and strong arm the IMF on their behalf.
He's right, just think about it for a second. If President Bush had said "We're going to invade Afghanistan to prevent terrorist attacks on the US" there would have been an outcry just like we heard over Iraq.
I'm glad that you brought it up, Afghanistan is a good example of the ineffectiveness of the Bush Administration's Foreign Policy. Afghanistan wasn't anywhere on the Bush administrations' priority list, despite numerous warnings about the danger of Qaeda from people like George Tenet and CIA
staff, Richard Clarke etc. Instead the Bush administration was too fixated on missile defense and abrogating international treaties: e.g., the ABM treaty, Kyoto, the International War Crimes Tribunal Treaty etc.
Today, of course Afghanistan has been again forgotten by the Bush Administration and the country has largely slipped back into the archaic mess it was before we invaded.
Once the war started, Al-Qaeda and other terrorists from across the Middle East came into Iraq in order to fight the "infidels" Instead of us having to go all over the world in order to kill these vermin, they happily come to us.
And you are happy with the result? The toll of the Iraq invasion: 944 U.S. Combat deaths, 6,276 wounded http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/ 10, 000
Iraqi civilian deaths between March ’03 and March ’04 http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE140062004?open&of=ENG-IRQ
, not to mention the gruesome murders of American civilians and other foreign civilians in Iraq.
So you are happy with all that? You are cold dude, you are cold!
He's right, just think about it for a second. If President Bush had said "We're going to invade Afghanistan to prevent terrorist attacks on the US" there would have been an outcry just like we heard over Iraq. It might not have been as loud since countries like France and Germany didn't have billions riding on the Taliban staying in power like they did with Saddam.
Why are you so fixated on commercial ties between France, Germany and Iraq when those same ties existed between the U.S. and Iraq, even between Hallibutron and Iraq. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/onpolitics/articles/halliburtonprimer.html
Cheney even criticized the sanctions against Iraq as unfairly depriving US companies of the ability to compete for Iraqi Government Contracts. Even now U.S. companies like Halliburton, GE
, and Caterpillar have extensive commercial ties to other Evil Axis countries, like Iran. http://www.slate.com/id/2105285/
Perhaps one reason you are overlooking as to why the Europeans wished to avoid the invasion of Iraq is that they have more experience of war. Schroeder was born in the middle of a war that took his father’s life. Chirac was an infantry captain during the bloody conflict in Algeria. Of course, our President and Vice President had the good luck to avoid such misfortune….
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