I wanna know how this war was over oil? I am paying $1.76 for gas. The only people getting rich off Iraqi (note the spelling I-R-A-Q-I) oil seemed to be the French, Germans, Russians, and a few other people in the UN coalition of the unwilling. The oil companies who are supposedly in Dubya's pocket sure aren't getting rich off the higher oil prices, they are just passing the costs through to customers.
Note: Many oil companies did post large profits this year. This is because of a recovering economy and oil demand at or near an all time high. I should have an oil company's annual report to cite that from in a few weeks when they release their 2004 financials to stockholders.
As far as Dubya's lie.. Presidents before him (Reagan-Clinton), the UN, and most other world leaders seemed as sure as Bush was that there were WMD in there. Saddam wanted everyone to think he still had WMD because it gave him bargaining power with the UN and a certain level of deterrence against Israel, Iran, and he thought (correctly until 2000)the US was deterred as well. It is well documented, anytime Saddam thought a war was coming or he wanted something he would let the UN inspectors back in so he could jerk them around for about 6 months. Because the UN was allowing themselves to be jerked around about 10,000 Kurds in mass graves had to serve as reasonable proof there had at very least been some sort of WMD there at some point and the man was not afraid to use them. What about this is so hard to grasp?
lie2 ( P ) Pronunciation Key (l)
A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.
v. lied, ly·ing, (lng) lies
To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
To convey a false image or impression: Appearances often lie.
To cause to be in a specific condition or affect in a specific way by telling falsehoods: You have lied yourself into trouble.
The reason I posted that dictionary definition of "lie" is to demonstrate something. If you believe information you are acting on is true. You have checked, rechecked, and checked again your facts and you are sure beyond a REASONABLE DOUBT you are telling the truth, you are not lying. Acting on bad information and being proven wrong later is entirely different. Unless of course you are Rsmith, Falcon, or a few other people on here who think lying and acting on less than perfect information are the same thing when it suits their political agenda.
Many of the other countries did not want to go in because it would disrupt their own little middle eastern cash cow. We went in and now the world knows Saddam did not have any weapons of mass destruction, people all over the middle east can sleep soundly now that the fear of a nerve gas tipped Scud is gone. For an added bonus we now have Saddam sitting in a prison cell, maybe (hopefully) with underwear on his head.
Edit: I made an Rsmith level spelling mistake.
[Edited 2005-01-26 21:53:47]
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