"If it turns out that President Barack Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hard-line, unreasonable, totalitarian mullahs in the world but not with Republicans? Maybe he’s not the problem."
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1 - Did use chemical weapons on the Kurds. Fact [...] b) Does Iraq still have WMD's ? ? No body can say for sure - we do know they were there at one time and thats a Fact.
All facts that no one disputes. What is under question are the conclusions drawn from those facts ... especially when they were used as a rationale to pre-emptively invade and occupy another sovereign country ...
"Saddam had possessed and used WMD's in the past" is not proof that he still had them and was capable of using them in 2003. In fact, there was plenty of evidence to the contrary at the time. It's a sad commentary that our government, media and society were all too willing to ignore such evidence ...
What's even more bizarre is that even in hindsight -- when the existence of such weapons has been pretty much debunked -- some today insist that rationale for invasion still valid ...
Heck, W doesn't even go there anymore -- he just falls back on "the world is better off without Saddam" to justify his decisions ...
Mac is right. Saddam did NOT have any in 2003 - they were all destroyed in Desert Storm. Yes, he did all those things in the mid 1980s ! But the UN verified that almost all were destroyed or incapable (due to deterioration and lack of maintenance) in 2002. Even if he had had 1% left (he didn't) - they were NO real threat. It was all HYPED ! * Note: Saddam found out how unreliable gas poison was on the eastern fronts with Iran...many Iraqis also died when the desert winds would shift.
ANd don't forget it was BUSH not Saddam that took the UN Inspectors out of Iraq.. and dang quick. Why? He knew the longer they stayed , the more they'd confirm there were NO WMDs and his excuse to go to war would fade. That's why I don't buy his innocent "Bad intelligence' excuse... they (Cheney, Rove) KNEW exactly what they were doing ! . . and they played to the naive and fanatics very well.
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