In trying to defend the Bush administration's mishandling of the Iraq war and its misuse of U.S. intelligence, Vice Presidet Dick Cheney gave an address today in which he says that failing to confront Saddam Hussein would have been "irresponsible in the extreme."
Cheney asserted that "the safety of the American people was at stake" and that Bush was unwilling "to place the lives of our citizens at the mercy of Saddam Hussein."
But that is why the WMD controversy is so pertinent here. Without these elusive weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was not a threat to anyone except his own people. Our safety was never at stake, nor were we ever at the mercy of Saddam Hussein.
"At a safe remove from the danger, some are now trying to cast doubt upon the decision to liberate Iraq," Cheney said. "The ability to criticize is one of the great strengths of our democracy. But those who do so have an obligation to answer this question: How could any responsible leader have ignored the Iraqi threat?"
Who was ignoring the threat!!?!! We were enforcing U.N. dictates and pressuring Hussein to allow weapons inspectors back into his country. We were doing everything necessary to keep Hussein in check, but then Bush decided to dive headlong into a pre-emptive invasion in direct defiance of the U.N. Security Council. Now we are stuck over there and our soldiers are getting picked off one-by-one by guerrilla snipers (five killed in the last two days).