ridgel wrote:Jeez, now John's calling me a loon because I don't like to get lied to by the government and the media. Where's the WMDs John? Does it hurt too much to admit they were never found and you were lied to by everyone from Colin Powell to the NY Times to NPR to the WSJ to the Economist? If Saddam was still in Iraq - then Saddam would still be Iraq and it wouldn't have cost 2 trillion dollars for the U.S. military to babysit a bunch of Arabs.
I suggest you calm down and look at the facts. The FACT is that we KNOW Saddam had WMD because he used them. Also, it has been shown that Saddam was trying to convince everyone he still had them even after he had (apparently) gotten rid of them so his neighbors would respect (fear) him. Just a tad bit of research on this subject would show you both of these things are true.
Therefore these people and the press certainly did not lie. If you know the facts and still insist they lied then YOU are denying the truth.
Now I am no fool, I knew at the time that they were making a case (for war) and I wasn't buying it. I did not think we had reason to go to war when it was obvious we had Saddam on the run. But once we went to war I believed that the only thing to do was to win the war ASAP, unfortunately it took a very long time. BTW, I think we may be worse off because we ruined a balance of power that kept both Iran and Iraq at each other's throats but I also think that Iraq is better off in the long run. We did what they should have but perhaps couldn't: killed Saddam and gave the people a chance at power.