- There is no proof that Iraq was involved in 9/11.
- There is no proof that Iraq had WMD stockpiles ready to use on the United States or on invading troops and as a result did not constitute an immediate threat to the security of the United States.
- Iraq was a humanitarian problem with a brutal dictator. But rather than bothering to convince the American people and the world of the rightness of action in Iraq to remedy the humanitarian situation, they posited a fraudulently conceived argument that Saddam Hussein was such an immediate threat to world peace and security that he had to be removed from the power through the pre-emptive use of military force.
To my way of thinking, the Administration used 9/11 to accomplish the long held goal of hawkish Neoconservatives to finish the job of the first Gulf War and remove Saddam Hussein from power.
The problem with this is that an inconsistently applied foreign policy creates a number of problems.
- There are other countries in the world with developing nuclear and WMD programs. I believe that one, North Korea specifically, has threatened to nuclear weapons on the United States should the United States intervene in North Korean affairs.
- There are countries that harbor terrorists...and by terrorists not only those general bad terrorists types but also terrorists connected with 9/11.
- There are countries with brutal dictatorial regimes that have growing humanitarian problems.
- There are countries in the world that are not democratic.
When do we invade these countries?