Bush still in denial about Iraq, WMD, al-Qaeda
November 8, 2010
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George Bush still can’t provide a truthful account of the rationale behind the invasion of Iraq. In his book, Decision Points, the former President justifies the endeavor by saying “for all the difficulties that followed, America is safer without a homicidal dictator pursuing WMD and supporting terror at the heart of the Middle East.” He conveniently ignores the fact that Saddam Hussein had no WMD program and no links to Middle East terrorism. These kinds of statements are, sadly, consistent with the “Bush Doctrine” of pre-emptive war: that is, it’s ok for the United States to blow away people and nations that might, some day, some how maybe do us harm. In the case of Iraq this meant dropping the ball in dealing with the folks who had already actually done something bad to us: those al-Qaeda fellas in Afghanistan who now, almost a decade after 9/11, continue to flourish.