Why Bush was and is right, and fighting the Second Iraq War was Inevitable

Arthur Herman wrote a terrific article at Commentary.

[I]n light of what was actually known at the time about Saddam Hussein’s actions and intentions, and in light of what was added to our knowledge through his post-capture interrogations by the FBI—the decision to go to war takes on a very different character. The story that emerges is of a choice not only carefully weighed and deliberately arrived at but, in the circumstances, the one moral choice that any American President could make.Had, moreover, Bush failed to act when he did, the consequences could have been truly disastrous. The next American President would surely have faced the need, in decidedly less favorable circumstances, to pick up the challenge Bush had neglected. And since Bush’s unwillingness to do the necessary thing might rightly have cost him his second term, that next President would probably have been one of the many Democrats who, until March 2003, actually saw the same threat George Bush did.

It is too often forgotten, not least by historians, that George W. Bush did not invent the idea of deposing the Iraqi tyrant. For years before he came on the scene, removing Saddam Hussein had been a priority embraced by the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton and by Clinton’s most vocal supporters in the Senate

When you need a collection of data concerning what was really going on at the time, and not some mendaciously whitewashed version as promoted years later for political advantage by such Democrat hawks as Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, this is the place to go. Read it all.


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One thought on “Why Bush was and is right, and fighting the Second Iraq War was Inevitable

  1. Here is an interesting quote from Senator Jay Rockefeller, prior to the vote to authorize military action in Iraq.

    We are told that if Saddam Hussein is overthrown, American soldiers will be welcomed into Baghdad with liberation parades. That may be true; in fact, the people who have suffered most at Saddam’s hands are his own citizens.

    But for many people around the world, an American-led victory over Saddam would not be a cause for celebration.

    No matter how strong our case, there will inevitably be some who will see U.S.-led action against Iraq as a cause for concern.

    At its most extreme, that concern feeds the terrorist paranoia that drives their mission to hurt America. We can affect how deep that sentiment runs by how we conduct ourselves, whether we work with allies, whether we show ourselves to be committed to the reconstruction of Iraq and to reconciliation with the Arab world. But we ignore it at our peril!

    So, clearly there are many risks associated with the resolution we are considering today.

    But it is equally clear that doing nothing and preserving the status quo also pose serious risks. Those risks are less visible, and their time frame is less certain. But after a great deal of consultation and soul-searching, I have come to the conclusion that the risks of doing nothing — for our citizens and for our nation — are too great to bear.

    There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. And that may happen sooner if he can obtain access to enriched uranium from foreign sources — something that is not that difficult in the current world. We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.

    Read it from the way back machine.

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