Thursday, July 15, 2004

Once again, folks, it was a preemptive war directed at an uncooperative, violent dictator who wanted to destroy America
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "What's more, Lord Butler was not ready to dismiss Saddam Hussein as a threat merely because no large 'stockpiles' of weapons of mass destruction have been found. The report concludes that Saddam probably intended to pursue his banned programs, including the nuclear one, if and when U.N. sanctions were lifted; that research, development and procurement continued so WMD capabilities could be sustained; and that he was pursuing the development of WMD delivery systems--missiles--of longer range than the U.N. permitted."

Pretty damning to the "we should have lifted the sanctions crowd instead of invading" crowd.

Then there's this: "But the part that may prove most salient in the U.S. is that, like the Senate Intelligence findings, the Butler report vindicates President Bush on the allegedly misleading '16 words' regarding uranium from Africa: 'We conclude also that the statement in President Bush's State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that 'The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa' was well-founded.'"

But, of course, Bush is a liar and made the whole thing up.


Sandals said...

Wait, you mean containment was working?

Anonymous said...

Explosives found 18 miles from DNC Site!

RFTR said...

No, containment was not working. For several reasons.
1)He was still pursuing nuclear material. He was still building and perfecting delivery systems. His aim was still to get us, and as soon as we turned our backs for a second, he was going to attack. Take, for example, his choice to allow inspectors back into Iraq. And those thousands of pages that he released to them. Remember how it didn't account for all kinds of things we knew he had at one point? He was trying to convince us he'd changed. He was trying to get us to ease up the sanctions. Which leads me to my next point.
2) The sanctions were collapsing. Support around the world had collapsed, and he was funneling money to politicians and groups that were opposed to them. At some point, sooner rather than later, the world was going to lose the will to enforce the sanctions, or, in the alternative, Saddam would skim enough money off the top of the oil for food program, and he would have the opportunity to churn our WMD and strike.

In other words, containment was not working.