Sunday, February 13, 2005


We're Helping the Iraqis!

The latest post-hoc (post-WMD) justification for the US invasion of Iraq is that we're helping the Iraqis escape from a tyrant and become a democracy. Here's what Paul Wolfowitz had to say back in early 2003 about "helping the Iraqis" as a reason for going to war:
there have always been three fundamental concerns. One is weapons of mass destruction, the second is support for terrorism, the third is the criminal treatment of the Iraqi people. Actually I guess you could say there's a fourth overriding one which is the connection between the first two.... The third one by itself, as I think I said earlier, is a reason to help the Iraqis but it's not a reason to put American kids' lives at risk, certainly not on the scale we did it.
I repeat, not a reason to put American kids lives at risk. So what are we doing there?

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