- Do you really believe that the most sophisticated spy network in history thought he might have WMD? In the end, Americans simply wanted revenge on anybody and our leaders used it top do what was necessary even before 9/11.
After denying the Iraqi people their freedom from the dictator after the Gulf War, we went on to encourage starvation for a decade. We also bombed Iraq 4 separate times under Clinton as he toyed with our forces on the border and toyed with UN conditions for his continued survival. In Bin Laden's letter to you, he made mention of our UN mission with Iraq as one of the excuses for 9/11. Another excuse he used was our presence in Saudi Arabia, which was because of the UN Iraq mission. At the end of 2002, Saddam Hussein flew military jets over Jordanian and Saudi air space. The fact is that we had no choice but to end this mission for a mulitple of reasons. Walking away and leaving the region to his antoginizing ways was not a solution. We have a history of getting sucked into unhealthy regions. Continuing the UN mission was not a solution. Finishing the Gulf War was. To sit back and deny the truth of this and pretend these matters were mere inconvenience is dishonest. I don't understand how you could still state that there was "no reason." I guess we were just in the neighborhood and haphazardly decided over night to kill people for nothing?
You see, the fact was that Western policy toward Iraq had collapsed. Sanctions were leaking, countless civilians were dying (McIntyre's neglected babies) because of embargo, and Al-Queda was enraged by our base in Saudi Arabia, from which we operated the no-fly zone. Furthermore, whether the White House knew it or not, a more modern and moderate Iraq in the middle of the Arab world would help break the dysfunctional political dynamics of the Arab world. A continued effort by Iraqis to stregthen their democracy and develop tribal ties of collaberations inside Iraq will have major ramifications on the region as a whole. It already has.
So for McIntyre to simple state "oil" as the reason and yourself simply stating that there was "no reason," I am prone to believe that you both have largely simply dismissed the history of this for the sake of the quick rebellion and a hope that Bush's excuse of WMD is an excuse to play ignorant.
Think it through, because politicians will never spell it out for you.