Tell me bear, how did you personally feel about the case the WH was making in '02 and '03 for invasion? They were bangin' the drum for a long, long time....
I was watching/listening to information from both here and Europe. The story we were getting here was the intel that Saddam was doing X and Y. That he was continually pushing against the UN and thumbing his nose at US and the UN. I never got that perspective as I kept watching Blix and the inspectors saying that he was complying and that the "incidents" were taken out of context.
Here we would get a 10 second clip of Blix, a minute of Bush, a Senator or two and all the talking heads. We were still in 9/11, Anthrax mode and it was as if we all knew we were going on a trip, we just didn't know when or why but that really didn't matter.
Now, when you listened to the European perspective, or read the different newspapers of the day, you would get 60 sec of Blix, 30 sec of Bush, a PM or Foreign Secretary and talking heads that did NOT feel required to take Left Wing/Right Wing perspective. The view was completely different and it was like I was watching/reading a completely different issue.
All along I could never understand what Iraq had to do with the Terror puzzle. It has never made sense to me. I look through blogs that I posted back in 2001-2002 and my opinion has not changed. We simply pushed the UN to do something that it didn't want to do but, because we are who we are and 9/11, WOT was in play, they went along, much like they have gone along with much of what we have done for years.
Even looking at the Iraqi No-Fly Zones. We kept moving those zones tighter and tighter and taunting Iraq as we played right on the edge.
Saddam was not a good guy. He was one of the bad guys of the world BUT, we did not, under any reasoning have the moral or ethical rights to Invade his country. Did Bush convince Congress with cooked intel, yep. Did Powell convince the UN with cooked intel, yep.
How long will it take to make up for those lies?