There’s many people who believe many things about the Iraq war, there’s probably a bit of truth in all of them.
Did Iraq have WMD’s? Yep. They did at some point. Did they have them when we went in? Evidently not. But I find it incredibly odd that Syria now has WMD’s and have used them. Syria has no manufacturing facility to produce the WMD’s but they have an awful lot of it now. Who did they get them from? is it really so hard to fathom that they were transferred to Syria prior to the US led invasion? Look at the map again….
Were WMD’s the only reason we sent American boots in? Nope but it was the most palatable for the population of the USA. People forget the blood lust we all had after 9-11-2001. Afghanistan had no infrastructure, nothing more than mud huts/caves and primitive roads. Afghanistan was going to be a really long war from the outset and everyone knew it. The news media didn’t have enough buildings being leveled or POW’s being paraded to sustain the revenge we wanted.
So, enter Iraq, WMD’s or not, we had been flying security there for 12+ years, UN resolutions, Iraqi’s were begging for help, all kinds of reasons to get rid of a tyrant because the world changed on 9-11. So the debate was had, UN consulted, Congress voted to allow the POTUS to act. And that vote was more bi-partisan than anything since then. I think only 2 or 3 congress critters voted against it. But its all Bush’s fault… No Iraq was ALL OF OUR FAULTS or ALL OF OUR DECISIONS based on the make up of this nations governance. You can’t get out of responsibility.
Iraq was just as much a geographical issue as anything else. Look at a map and see where Iran is located.. There were lots of good reasons to take down Iraq. There were also red flags regarding taking down Iraq. The issue was debated in congress, the permission was granted through 99% of congress for the C.I.C to go open loop on Iraq. And I love how the first couple weeks, the democrat party were all gung ho about the need to take down a tyrant. Then, a mistake was made, we decided to fight a war and rebuild a nation in the middle of the fight. We thought we could obtain the highest of grounds while fighting savages from the 17th century. We thought we’d win hearts and minds by freeing prisoners.. Things got tough, democrats went into blame mode. And all these years later, nothing has changed.
The opposition party at the time, created the division within America that would eventually derail the Iraq hopes. Obama cut and ran and left Iraq to fend for itself. Everyone knew what was going to happen, most of us are just surprised it took this long.
So the bottom line is: It doesn’t matter why we went in, be it daddy issues, WMDs, blood lust or whatever, once we did it, we owed it to our boys to finish it, we owed it to the lives lost fighting for a free Iraq, to see it through. Not open ended, but certainly not the cut and run that was done.
Iraq is going to be a big player in years to come. And as always, democrats will be blameless. The Facts on the other hand are truly opposite than what the democrat party wants you to believe. Look at the roll call votes for the Iraq war. They say “We were lied to” Um, no you were told something, you believed it true or not and you voted. Just like every bill ever put on the floor. The truth about Iraq hasn’t yet been fully vetted. Syria has WMD’s now, where’d they get them? They have no manufacturing facility for the gas they have, could it be that was from Iraq’s stockpile? Possible yes, fact, not clear yet.
There’s more unanswered questions about Iraq than any other war/police action in history. And its made worse by the political arena. My anger over this issue is boiling over for one reason. We lost over 4,000 American soldiers taking Saddam Hussein down. Not long ago, Joe Biden stated that “Ending the Iraq war was a great accomplishment for Barack Obama” He went on to state that we’re leaving a free Iraq, an Iraq that just held elections and Obama showed great leadership etc.. What we have now is what we all knew would happen. The minute the Islamic slugs saw the weakness of the President of the USA they’d over run Iraq and undo all the gains.
So again, Barack Obama is proven to hate the United States Service Men/women. He’s pissed on veterans his entire term in office. The biggest tell tale example of how high he holds veterans was his closing of the memorials during the shut down. I don’t care who you blame for the shut down. NO POTUS EVER closed down war memorials of our veterans. Obama did. That should tell you where a veteran stacks up in Obama’s views. No matter what his teleprompter tells him to say. Actions spoke to me loudly.