Sunday, November 05, 2006

Ousting Saddam was the right thing to do

There are said to be some 120 million pages of Saddam era Iraqi documents. Only one percent of them have been translated. Some of these documents have been put online, and the NYT’s reported on Nov. 3 that some of those documents could aid our enemies in developing WMD’s.

The NYT’s reported that some of the documents posted “are a danger themselves” because they provide “detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

“Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.”

Perhaps the NYT’s thought the story would put the Bushies in a bad light, but this story actually vindicates the removal of Saddam and his henchmen. Were it not for Saddam’s ouster, Iraq might be a nuclear power today.


Blogger airforcewife said...

zak, hubby did his Iraq time in the ISG. Whenever the WMD issue comes up, we are told, "Well, I heard on CNN!..." Because they would know more, right?

I figured out that it doesn't matter what the truth is right now, it only matters who screams their agenda the loudest.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Here's my agenda: We're the United States of America, don't F- with us.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...somone very close to me just got back from Iraq, serving with the U.S. military. He said that most of his fellow soldiers were enthusiastic going out there, like they were on a genuinely valid and altruistic mission - but by the end of the tour they'd become disillusioned, and believing it was a bunch of bullshit. "What are we doing here?"
The Administration's handling of Iraq has been disgracefully incompetent, while the military have done an excellent job given the circumstances. Just a pity so many of our brave troops were killed and maimed thanks to bad decisions from the politicos.


12:36 PM  
Blogger airforcewife said...

Ryan, we see that a LOT, believe it or not.

My personal opinion, which is only as a military wife and not as any kind of expert, is that the disillusionment has a lot to do with the horrific rules of engagement our guys have to deal with; and also the fact that Americans (people they see and know) are killed when they hesitate on the trigger for fear of being charged with a crime for fighting back.

When my husband left on his latest deployment to Afghanistan, I was actually more worried that he would come home in handcuffs for shooting someone who was trying to kill him than I was that he would actually become a casualty.

2:59 PM  
Blogger semite1973 said...

I think the reasons for removing Saddam were valid. The NYT's article proves it. That does not, however, mean that we haven't made mistakes since.

But at the end of the day, if this fails, if Iraq becomes embroiled in a civil war and it all goes to hell, the Iraqis will only have themselves to blame. They have been given the opportunity of a life time and they are blowing it.

I'd like to see things change for the better there, but I am not confident. But I don't think that means it was a mistake to remove that monster.

That sad thing is, if we can't and the Iraqis can't make Iraq work, then I will finally have to throw up my hands in the air and accept the fact that the Arabs can't seem to handle democracy and civil society. But at least we'll know ...

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think it's pretty obvious that those of a Mohammedan persuasion cannot comprehend or implement the idea(l) of democracy...but let's not forget that it took centuries for such radical politics to take hold in Europe, and even then only England and her offspring have made a proper go of it, and for a far longer period than anyone else.

As for Iraq - if you're going to invade someone else's country, don't pussy-foot around with politically-correct policies once you get there: either you are an iron-fisted overlord or you ain't. But there are precedents: I'm thinking of the disastrous First Afghan War of 1842, when thousands of British soldiers and civilians were massacred by armed tribesmen little different from today's Taliban or insurgents. Again, stupidity from on high was chiefly to blame.

I just don't believe "Arab Freedom" is worth one American life. If they really want freedom and democracy, let them fight and suffer for it themselves, have their own revolutions and civil wars - just as our ancestors did.

Or, as Marie Al-Antoinette(pbuh) said,
"Let them eat houmous!"


10:26 AM  

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