Also, I don't, just because you say so, believe that Al Qaeda fighters were receiving medical treatment in Iraq. Evidence, please.WWW Link
We have solid reporting of senior level contacts between Iraq and Al Qaida going back a decade. Credible information indicates that Iraq and Al Qaida have discussed safe haven and reciprocal non-aggression. We have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaida members, including some who have been in Baghdad. We have credible reporting that Al Qaida leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire WMD capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaida members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs. Iraq's increased support to extremist Palestinians, coupled with growing indications of a relationship with Al Qaida, suggest that Baghdad's links to terrorists will increase, even absent U.S. military action."
Russian nuclear stockpiles may be bigger than ours, true, but I believe our chemical and bioweapons stockpiles are bigger. This info is classified, so point to you since I can't prove it.
Our chemical and biological stockpiles have been brought down to a very low number. The only reason we still have some is the environmentalist won’t let us destroy them. Our policy since the 1970’s has been that any attack with the use of any WMD on US soil would be retaliated with nuclear weapons rather than tit for tat. Since then we have been burning our stockpiles.
Iraq did have weapons inspectors crawling all over it before this war, and they left because the Bush Administration told them that an attack was imminent. They left more or less kicking and screaming, and one of them, Scott Ritter, is still on the scene, talking about how all intelligence indicating that Saddam was harmless was simply ignored.
This is true, what you leave out is that for years the inspectors were in and kicked out several times and the last time were invited back to the country only because we were going to invade. This was hoped to slow down if not stop the invasion. President Bush was not having any more of that so he told them we are going in and get those people out. It was a ploy, Mr. Ritter it was later found out to have received some sort of remuneration from Iraq for objecting to the invasion, since before he was screaming publicly that Iraq had WMD and was hiding it from the inspectors.
No WMD were found in Iraq. And, if we are going to war with countries because they have threatened us in the past, why didn't we invade Saudi Arabia. After all, 19 of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi, Osama bin Laden is a Saudi, and the House of Saud supports hundreds of madrasas, or religious schools, that preach anti-American hatred and promote jihad (holy war) against us. As a matter of fact, before our invasion of Iraq, RAND generated a report saying that Iraq was not a threat to us, but Saudi Arabia was.
The difference is that the house of Saud is not the government of Saudi Arabia. The family rules the country but officially they are different. Iraq’s political leader made the threats meaning he was speaking for his country not himself or his family. Had he parsed his words he would still be alive and a thorn in our sides.
make no bones about it. I think Iraq was/is a bad and wrong war, that it has taken our eye off the important ball, who is bin Laden, and that it has been incredibly badly managed. I think the prosecution of the Iraq War has weakened the United States military and diplomatically.
Here we disagree. It was needed and it was done, that can not be changed. Mismanaged, can’t argue with you there. Too many people trying to achieve too many conflicting agenda.
Bin laden, dirt bag that he is or was, is not the problem anymore. He has shot is wad and that is all he had was one large attack that fizzled. As long as he is running for his life he can’t mess with us, and the current world climate will not allow him a safe haven from which to plan and organize another large scale attack.
Diplomatically you are wrong. Every country except one that opposed us going into Iraq has had a change in government leaders and those elected leaders are pro rather than anti American. France has been anti American since the Eisenhower administration and has elected a pro American president. Germany has been leaning away from us for decades now have a pro American chancellor. Russia the last of the axis of idiots has had a change in leadership but is the hand picked puppet of the last leader so there is no change there. It seems that those nations wanted a pro American head of state and got what they wanted.
I think that the torture committed under our flag and in our country's name is a literal shame, and I will not be surprised if a court elsewhere in the world (perhaps the Hague), charges Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Condi, and others as war criminals.
Please be specific here. The only torture I am aware of is water boarding and that is not all that bad. I went through it many times and it is uncomfortable but does not leave any lasting injury or mental anguish. This has only been used once or twice since the war on terror began and the people it was used on were terrorists of a high order. Every military person who goes through special operations training is subjected to it. If given the choice between what other countries use, (electrodes to the genitals till the pain is so bad you crush your own teeth, just before you snap your own spine from the convulsions) or some one throwing water in my face for 30 seconds. I want the bath!
On the lighter side, I read at Buzzflash.com that in June of 2000 (as reported by Drudge), candidate Bush stated that the outrageous price of oil (at that time between $20 and $30 a barrel) was all the fault of Clinton and Gore. Check it out if you have a doubt.
I don’t doubt it at all, I remember Speaker Pelosi saying that two dollars a gallon was horrible and that now the democrats are in charge that will change. Yup, in less than two years the price is no longer two dollars a gallon, cheers for Speaker Pelosi! Now it is 130 a barrel and four dollars a gallon. Got to love that swift action on her part.
On a serious note I could not find the site that had Saddam saying he would sell or give his WMD to anyone that would use it against Israel or the US. The link I had is not up any more. I will continue to search.