"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
That said, if Saadam would have made a move to attack the U.S. or our allies, then I would have taken the same action as GW. Iran has nuclear intentions and we have not invaded. Why? This was not about intel or anything else, it was about finishing what his father started. This administration wanted to create a democracy in the Middle East and I truly feel trumped-up the intel to support doing so.
If it turns-out and a democracy lasts, great and good job. If not, then thousands have died needlessly.
And so, you'd never go to war, over anything, except only AFTER we were attacked, and only then after, with 100% certitude, that we knew who attacked us.
Sadly, today's geopolitical situation does not allow for this. The weapons available to certain people and certain countries does not allow for this luxury. Imagine, had GWB decided to not do anythig, and then a WMD from Iraq been used to attack us or our allies - one that "Bush should have known they had and done something about it, as the intel he had clearly pointed in that direction".
The point here is that when you're dealing with something being done by another nation in secret, you ALWAYS act on incomplete information -- you make with the best guesses you can with what you have and act accordingly. If the large majority of your information points you one way, and a small portion points you another, you have to act on the perponderance, and you have to act according to the haste dictated by that perponderance.
Citing the two or three things those inflicted by BDS like to hang their hats on does nothing but illustrate a failure to understand this.
I never said I would wait for 100% certitude. The UN and others asserted that Iraq posed no threat. We had outdated intel that said otherwise. Why is it impossible to make sure that your intel is good before invading and occupying another country.
Do we know that Iran has nuclear aspirations? Yes.
Do we know they support terror? Yes.
Have we invaded as we did Iraq? No.
So how is it that the geopolitical situation with Iran creates a different outcome, when we are much more sure here than in Iraq?