Originally Posted by JimSmith
I agree, there is a root cause analysis due, and a partisan witch hunt won't measure up. The nation needs to learn from mistakes so as not to repeat them. It is not sufficient for one political party to use them to climb on top of the other politcal party. While my view of the situation is much less colored to spread the fault for Iraq as wide and thinly as yours - Clinton apparently felt the data from the CIA did not warrant an invasion of Iraq, while Bush did, which is the real issue at hand - I do recognize that both parties' overwhelmingly chose not to do their duty as the elected body comprising the Legislative Branch. If there was more to this than just being mislead by circumstances, that needs to be addressed clearly and definitively. If it was just circumstances, that also needs to be addressed clearly and definitively.
Well said, but do remember that Clinton didn't have two skyscrapers knocked over while he was president. And no, I'm not linking Iraq to 9-11, but Bush was genuinely motivated to start rooting out terrorist states, rattling the saber, talking about axes of evil and what not. Running off the Taliban took no effort, Iraq was "clearly" the next lowest hanging fruitcake, getting in and out should be a breeze and send a message to the other fruitcakes to straighten up or you're next . . .
There was plenty of hard evidence that Saddam had possessed WMD's, hell, he'd used them against his own people and shot off pretty big bottle rockets (SCUDS?) in the first Gulf War. I would think that our legislators on both sides of the aisle believed he had them to begin with, not requiring any further data. Saying the information provided by the administration is what led them to this conclusion is a smokescreen. And (get ready, liberals, here's where you'll want to start quoting me . . . ), I believe that Bush believed he had them. I don't buy into any conspiracy theories or more sinister motivations for going into this war.
Clearly, the execution was botched. We wouldn't be having this thread (or several preceding threads) had we gone in, kicked ass, secured the country, set the people up to govern themselves, and gotten out in a year or two, WMD's or not. The intended message to the other fruitcakes would have been loud and clear as well. This is where the administration proved to be incompetent, IMHO.
A root cause is definitely appropriate for the intelligence failures and for the planning and execution of the war effort. A partisan witch hunt which tries to prove or insinuate conspiracy theories will not improve our understanding of these failures, and if the Dems get into one, it will make it all too easy for the Republicans to regain control of the government.