I can’t believe anyone still thinks invading Iraq was a good idea.
From misgnNOLA: “I’m not sure whether Iraq will ever be completely peaceful and tranquil in my lifetime, but then, I’m not sure whether it would have been with Saddam Hussein and his sons in power either.”
Yes, but leaving Iraq to figure out it’s own fate would have saved us about $750 billion.
Pschearer said: “The one relevant Bush psychological factor was that he is simply not very smart, so he assumed the public was too stupid to grasp a laundry list of valid reasons to invade Iraq and overthrow a dangerous dictator who HAD and USED WMD’s”
The public is smart enough to know the difference between a war of choice & a war of necessity. Bush chose to present unreliable intelligence as fact. Otherwise, the same arguments about removing an evil despot who wants to threaten neighboring nations & even the world, requires that we should have invaded Iran, North Korea, Libya and about half of Africa. I think we are finding that there are limits to how many foreign occupations we can afford.
If we want to be serious about stopping terrorism, we need to work with other nations. Bush’s unilateralism destroyed all of the good will we were receiving after 9/11.