Problem with Iraq War Was 9/11
Bush’s attempt to save his reputation by saying that most Democrats agreed with his decision to go to war is misguided. It’s true that many Democrats voted to allow Bush to go to war in Iraq, but they did so because the 9/11 attacks were still fresh in everyone’s mind. The Republicans cynically linked Iraq to 9/11, partly by timing and partly by public arguments, implying a link, made by Bush, Cheney and company. Democrats knew that if they voted against taking out Saddam that they would be seen as insensitive to the attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Egged on by the neo-cons, the Bushies struck while 9/11 was still hot, still in everyone’s consciousness.
To me, all the debate about the intelligence is largely irrelevant. I’m glad the Democrats are finally doing something. But the issue is not the intelligence. The issue is using 9/11 to go to war with a country that had little or nothing to do with 9/11. The neo-cons wanted to get Saddam. Cheney has probably wanted to get Saddam ever since he was Secretary of Defense during the first Iraq war, when Bush I stopped him from marching to Baghdad and taking out Saddam. We now see how smart Bush I was compared with Bush II, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and company. Bush I was a patriot. Bush II and his cronies are just sucking money out of the US Government as fast as they can. In gratitude for his largess with the people’s money, Bush II’s rich friends will no doubt look after him financially for the rest of his life. It’s ironic that the Republicans argue to reduce taxes “because it’s your money,” but when they get it, they don’t treat it as yours; they give it to their rich friends, who pay proportionately little in taxes.