<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Thousands dead, billions spent, no WMD

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Thousands dead, billions spent, no WMD

The hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has officially ended with no WMD ever found.

In an interview with Barbara Walters that will air on ABC's "20/20" tomorrow (Friday, January 14) at 10 pm, President Bush tells Walters, "I felt like we'd find weapons of mass destruction—like many here in the United States, many around the world. The United Nations thought he had weapons of mass destruction. So, therefore: one, we need to find out what went wrong in the intelligence gathering. . . . Saddam was dangerous and the world is safer without him in power."

One, what went wrong in the intelligence gathering was that Bush ignored the intelligence. Two, everyone agrees that Saddam was bad, but our invasion of Iraq has bred thousands more terrorists and potential terrorists with even greater anger toward Americans. Does that sound like a safer world?

When Walters asked Bush whether the war was worth it even if there were no WMD, Bush responded, "Oh, absolutely."

Worth it to Bush, perhaps, because it won him a second term (Americans are reluctant to remove a sitting president during wartime), but to whom else? Raise your hand if it was worth it to you, or to your neighbor whose kid was sent to Iraq and was killed, or to the soldier who lost a limb or an eye or is otherwise physically or emotionally scarred for life, or to the wife who lost a husband, the husband who lost a wife, the daughter who lost a father, the son who lost a mother...



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