2004-10-14 / This Week's Attitude

No Evidence, No Excuse For Bush’s Deadly War

By Neil S. Friedman

Though he’s in confinement and soon scheduled to face a trial that could determine his fate, Saddam Hussein may be a more shrewd man than George W. Bush.

I’m not pro-Saddam Hussein. The man was clearly a vile, despicable human being who deserves whatever punishment he gets. But last week it was revealed the Iraqi dictator destroyed his weapons of mass destruction at least a decade before America launch-ed a war against his nation.

According to media analysis, Saddam’s primary motive was to perpetuate the idea that he still possessed them to discourage any armed response from Iran, his archenemy to the north. Yet, it seems he outfoxed everyone — Iran, U.N. inspectors, international intelligence pros, but especially the good ol’ USA!

There’s now 100-proof evidence there were no weapons of mass destruction, Iraq had no connection whatsoever to 9/11 or was even remotely an imminent threat to America’s security. Nonetheless, Presi-dent Bush remains adamant that the war in Iraq was justified. (Guess Bush would rather deceive than flip-flop.) Even some administration officials, military commanders and congressional Republicans own up to the fact we went to war unprepared.

Furthermore, while we’ve committed troops and tens of billions of dollars to Iraq, 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden remains at large and his Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, with cells worldwide, has had time to regroup and refinance, not to mention plan another major attack.

I wish someone would advise Bush and vice president Dick Cheney to cease repeating their mantra that Saddam Hussein had any ties to Al Qaeda. The evidence is nil. Zilch. Nada.

It’s inconceivable to us in the minority that a majority of Americans still believe President Bush was correct in launching an unprovoked attack on Iraq. They’re live under the delusion and fear that it was better to attack someone — anyone — in the wake of 9/11.

The president and his minions relentlessly refuse to yield in their defense of the war in Iraq as they continue to delude themselves — and the public — that they embarked on the right course even now when the evidence confirms their initial motive lacked substance. Consequently, they continue to summon Plan B — Saddam was evil.

Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror had to be stop-ped, but not at the expense of American GIs and at American taxpayers’ dollars. Save for the U.S. and Great Britain, the so-called international coalition in Iraq is inadequate.

America cannot — and should not — ultimately be chiefly responsible for ousting evil in the world, unless it poses a high priority threat, or we’ll become entangled in a never-ending battle to impose truth, justice and the American way wherever and whenever the mood strikes. American has no right to impose democracy in a Muslim world that is basically ruled by religious, not political, tenets.

C’mon Mr. President, acknowledge that you were duped by bogus intelligence. Other presidents — Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy, to name two — who admitted judgmental mistakes went on to maintain successful presidencies. They learned from their mistakes. What have you learned? You’re no Honest Abe or JFK, but ‘fess up. Being president doesn’t necessarily mean never having to say you’re sorry. You should have stayed the course of diplomacy and rather than wantonly embark on a course that continues to sacrifice American lives for no prudent reason.

On the other hand, the Bush administration deliberately diverted attention from the acknowledged enemy by worrying America into thinking that Iraq was a terrorist threat and ally after September 11, 2001.

But what has it got us? Absolutely nothing — except unrelenting destruction and loss of life as suicide bombers continue to kill and maim Iraqi citizens and American soldiers.

Making war just for the sake of doing something is a poor — and deadly — excuse.

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