Wednesday, October 06, 2004

So glad we preempted THAT

According to the chief US weapons inspector in Iraq, nothing was there.

Concerning which we are all surprised.

And the Washington Post reports today that Saddam Hussein posed no immediate threat.

Although I am pleased to see this information coming out before the election, I cannot forget all the sacrifices that have been made in the name of a non-existent threat. For instance, the deaths of over 1000 U.S. soldiers, tens of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths, the kidnappings and murders of I don't know how many international aide workers and contractors, devastation and chaos in Iraq now that does not look like it's slowing down soon, the loss of credibility on the international playing field, billions of dollars spent for this invasion and so-called rebuilding that could either have been saved or spent differently, the change of Iraq from a stable place into a recruiting zone for international terrorism, destablization of the entire mideast region, the escape of Osama bin Laden, the time wasted that could have been spent on convincing Iran or North Korea not to proliferate nuclear weapons--I could keep going.

I also wonder: what is the chance that the American people will recognize this mistake and not just stand stalwartly behind Bush's false confidence?

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