Iraq after 9/11
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Posted by J. J. Jackson @ 9:13 PM
The claim is that within months of September 11, 2001 Bush was making plans to go into Iraq. Critics of the Bush Administration use this to show that President Bush was preoccupied with looking for a reason to attack Iraq to settle his father's scores. I say hogwash.
In a world of post September 11, 2001 American forces had been in harms way in Iraq upholding U.N. sanctions and the cease fire that ended the first gulf war. American forces were being fired upon by Iraqi AA guns in the North and the South. Americans had been watching for over a decade as Saddam defied U.N. resolutions to prove the dismantling of the weapons he himself claimed to have.
America was bloody and stunned, to say the least.
It was only logical that President Bush would assess Iraq as a threat that required plans to be dealt with. It was the only major conflict that we were involved in at the time. And never forget, we went to Afghanistan first. Then we went to Iraq.
We went to Iraq because Saddam had been playing cat and mouse for far to long. He had violated the ceasefire countless times. He had failed to disarm as required by the U.N.
In a world of post September 11, a world where terrorists clearly had the U.S. homeland in their sights, Iraq was a logical target. It was a military power that had made no bones about defying the U.S. and international community. Iraq had to be dealt with.
I say thank God President Bush had enough foresight to know that and not wait until the last moment, make a hasty plan, and send our soldiers in under prepared.
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