Heavens. Since you moved to California, you have become a downright mindless minion of the Left.
Again to Wookie and others of the ilk that do not recognize any foreign policy goals if they somehow differ from time to time and country to country. We do not have to act with perfect consistency each and every time just to satisfy people like you. The risks of invading and occupying Iraq were well known to every administration including the first Bush one. This time, however, post 911, the variables were considered so different that given the time and circumstances, this one was worth the gamble despite all the risks still being there. We are currently facing those same risks now, but Saddam and sons are no longer in power and the wmd question is answered once and for all. What did the UN contribute to this effort? Merely the starvation of 1 million women and children from the time the sanctions were in place (Saddam says 1.5 million but who believes him) to enrich the French, Russian ambassadors and Kofi Annan himself. Sheesh! Who gives a shit what this corrupt functionaire says? AND with all the difficulties and risks of civil war, what the hell? There have been civil wars repeatedly in Iraq under Saddam? What do you call his fight against the Kurds? What do you call his decimation of the Marsh Arabs? What do you call his crackdown on the Shias (500,000 dead)? What do you call his police state that killed hundreds of thousands more just to remain in power? These problems did not suddenly materialize just because the US showed up on the scene AND we were aware of the risks. How could we not have been when all the first Bush administration’s leadership were part of Bush II? BUT since 911, these were trumped and we decided that Saddam had to go. The region is much more peaceful and stable and Iraq has a chance. A chance that it never had before under Saddam. There are problems but again, the Cassandras that are popping up everywhere to sing gloom and doom. Hah! Partial truths that have been hashed into desperate dire outcomes to perhaps (oh no say it is not so?) influence this election which is only two months (less) away? Could be?