George W. Bush Said God Told Him To Invade Iraq

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    I say before we come to any final decision about that we need to look at how long the Republican party had been after Saddam Hussein:

    January 26, 1998

    The Honorable William J. Clinton
    President of the United States
    Washington, DC


    Dear Mr. President:

    We are writing you because we are convinced that current American policy toward Iraq is not succeeding, and that we may soon face a threat in the Middle East more serious than any we have known since the end of the Cold War. In your upcoming State of the Union Address, you have an opportunity to chart a clear and determined course for meeting this threat. We urge you to seize that opportunity, and to enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world. That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power. We stand ready to offer our full support in this difficult but necessary endeavor.

    The policy of "containment" of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months. As recent events have demonstrated, we can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections. Our ability to ensure that Saddam Hussein is not producing weapons of mass destruction, therefore, has substantially diminished. Even if full inspections were eventually to resume, which now seems highly unlikely, experience has shown that it is difficult if not impossible to monitor Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons production. The lengthy period during which the inspectors will have been unable to enter many Iraqi facilities has made it even less likely that they will be able to uncover all of Saddam’s secrets. As a result, in the not-too-distant future we will be unable to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether Iraq does or does not possess such weapons.

    Such uncertainty will, by itself, have a seriously destabilizing effect on the entire Middle East. It hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass destruction, as he is almost certain to do if we continue along the present course, the safety of American troops in the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of oil will all be put at hazard. As you have rightly declared, Mr. President, the security of the world in the first part of the 21st century will be determined largely by how we handle this threat.

    Given the magnitude of the threat, the current policy, which depends for its success upon the steadfastness of our coalition partners and upon the cooperation of Saddam Hussein, is dangerously inadequate. The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy.

    We urge you to articulate this aim, and to turn your Administration's attention to implementing a strategy for removing Saddam's regime from power. This will require a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts. Although we are fully aware of the dangers and difficulties in implementing this policy, we believe the dangers of failing to do so are far greater. We believe the U.S. has the authority under existing UN resolutions to take the necessary steps, including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf. In any case, American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council.

    We urge you to act decisively. If you act now to end the threat of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country. If we accept a course of weakness and drift, we put our interests and our future at risk.

    Sincerely,

    Elliott Abrams Richard L. Armitage William J. Bennett

    Jeffrey Bergner John Bolton Paula Dobriansky

    Francis Fukuyama Robert Kagan Zalmay Khalilzad

    William Kristol Richard Perle Peter W. Rodman

    Donald Rumsfeld William Schneider, Jr. Vin Weber

    Paul Wolfowitz R. James Woolsey Robert B. Zoellick
     
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    Bush also said we would have no casualties.
     
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    They also said the war would pay for it self
     
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    And would last no more than 6 months.
    And maybe cost 40 billion tops.
     
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    Perhaps he misspoke ; )
     
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    .

    What a freakin' horrific disaster. And if I have to watch another young boy pushing his legless soldier dad in a wheelchair at the freakin' airport I'm gonna freakin' LOSE it.

    There are people from that administration who should be in JAIL.

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    You're seriously dredging up a letter from 12 years ago in reference to a war we've been in for ten years started by a past president who has been out of office for three years now? Who gives a shit?? This is all old new. You think nobody knows all of this?

    You Obama lapdogs will try everything you can to distract from the fact that he is as much a failure as the man who preceded him.
     
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    About 4,500 American soldiers killed. Dead.

    Over 32,300 American soldiers wounded and/or maimed, about 20% of which includes serious brain or spinal injuries.

    Untold thousands of American soldiers suffering from a wide range of long-term psychological and/or emotional damage.

    Untold thousands of young American families - wives and children - suffering from what has become of Dad.

    Over $800 billion spent while our country rots.

    As far as I know, you are under absolutely no obligation to "give a shit".

    At least it's a good thing we were able to get in there and save the world from all those weapons of mass destruction, right?

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    Umm we are still paying big time for the stupidity of Bush and his supporters.

    THAT is why.

    And yes Obama is a third bush term, but that in no way erases the stupidity of The previous administration and it's supporters.
    You are either with us or for the enemy!
     
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