Originally Posted by GermanStar
That is not ample cause to go to war. We have WMDs, Russia has WMDs, China has WMDs, N. Korea has WMDs, France has WMDs, England has WMDs, Pakistan has WMDs, India has WMDs, the list goes on and on. If that was ample cause to invade Iraq, it is ample cause to invade half the nations on earth. The administration tried hard to link Iraq to 9/11. Hell, Rumsfeld was quoted as wanting to bomb Baghdad in direct retaliation for 9/11 because "there are no good targets in Afghanistan". Does any of this make any sense to you on any level? How is that different from invading Thailand because they have the bird flu? It makes no sense at all.... There is an untold truth here.
I think you misinterpreted what was an intentional oversimplification on my part, and thusly missed my point.
But to yours, the difference between Iraq (pre-invasion), the US, and most of the other countries with WMD's is that Iraq had a proven, indisputable track record of unprovocated usage of such weapons - on their own people and their neighbors.
Saddam (et al) lacked the wisdom and restraint that ownership of WMD technology necessitates if we are to live in a peaceful society.
I'm not making the case for the war, because we can't "unlearn" what we've learned since the invasion. I do remember driving from BWI to our offices in Fairfax, VA. listening to Powell make the case on the radio, and thinking "Finally, we'll be able to take care of this asshole that nobody else has the guts to face."
I suppose if anything, the takeaway for myself as a citizen is be careful what you wish for.