Have you ever seriously thought about it? Or are you blindly accepting the reasons offered by the Bush administration? Here are some basic misconceptions: A -- Iraq was somehow involved in the Sept. 11 attacks **Completely false. Saddam and Osama were always bitter enemies. Saddam was a egocentric psychopath. His life was opulent splendor. Osama is a religious cleric who despised state regimes. Osama has plotted to assassinate Saddam. The alleged tie between terrorism and Iraq could never have existed while Saddam was in power. He would never have agreed to share to delegate authority to anyone. He cooperated with no one. B -- Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and was a threat to use them. **Also false. It is true that Iraq had supplies of dangerous chemicals, such as nerve gas, in the early 90s. Such chemicals had a shelf life of 2-6 months, at the most. So even if found, they would retain zero toxicity. The manufacturing plants were either destroyed in the Gulf War or dismantled after discovery by U.N. inspectors. No other biological or nuclear weapons have ever been found. The reports of such were total fabrication, used to deceive Congress into approving the invasion. C -- We had to "liberate" Iraq and "preserve freedom." **Are they liberated now? Whose "freedom" are we preserving? More Iraqi people have died since the invasion than were killed by Saddam. No one is "free" now. The country is basically lawless. If it was stable, we would have no excuse to be there. D -- Iraq was a threat to the U.S. and other Western countries. **Laughable. Iraq was only a threat to itself. Saddam was considered a harmless clown by his own allies after the failure of the invasion of Kuwait. His only weapons were the ones that the U.S. sold him, since we considered Iran more of a threat. He was all talk and bluster. Terrorism experts could name at least a dozen other countries that were greater threats. --So why did the U.S. invade? To settle a personal grudge. During the Gulf War, Saddam regularly made threats against Daddy Bush. He even talked of assassinating him. Don't think this was forgotten when Son Bush took power. His first cabinet meeting after winning election in 2000 included talk of how to deal with Iraq. During a meeting on Sept. 12, Donald Rumsfeld is on record as stating "Can we use this as a reason to take care of Iraq?" So this is why 1,700 American soldiers (and counting) have died. To settle a grudge. And to make money, of course.