This book was written prior to the capture of Saddam Hussein. The suppositions and conclusions described and developed in its text have been proven true by Saddam's own actions and words. As an American soldier was preparing to throw a hand grenade into his hole, Saddam cried out that he was ready to negotiate-though not ready to comply. Even in captivity, the man is defiant and resolute in his refusal to account for his "unaccounted for" WMD, his long list of terrorist ties, and his crimes against humanity (lest we forget their illegality too). In his actions he continues to portray part of Iraq's Smoking Gun.
You are not reading a book that addresses the "Couldashouldawoulda" debate over invading Iraq. This text is an examination of facts that serve to answer the question, "why did the United States of America invade Iraq?" There are official government reasons listed by President Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the CIA. An effort has been made to find answers to those commonly stated reasons that many people around the world believe were the "real" reasons for the war.
It is not the intent of the author to either promote or detract from a single political stance on the issues surrounding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. There are in fact plenty of poor decisions that have been made by leaders of both Democratic and Republican parties. Many of these will be pointed out, and intransient supporters of those parties (people who consider themselves Liberals, Conservatives, Leftists, the Right, Neo-cons, Social Democrats, pinkos or power-mongers) will take issue with the historical facts, but an effort has been made to focus on those facts that are the least debatable and the least partisan in nature-though not always in tone or perspective.
Hindsight is 20-20, and what seemed like a good decision at the time for one party or the other probably helped walk America toward war with Iraq. There is blame enough for everyone, but people who want to better themselves will learn from their mistakes-learn from history. Others will try to point fingers at mistakes from opposing parties in an effort to lessen their own errors in judgment by pointing out greater or similar ones. The "they did it to us" or "they did it first, so its okay for us too" such arguments do not work on Sesame Street, and they should not work in Washington D.C.. (More grown up ) childish arguments will not work because the invasion of Iraq is not a partisan issue, it is an extremely complex issue, and it is not the result of a single man's decision. The 2003 War in Iraq is the result of a path in history that each and every American helped build-either actively by working for the government, indirectly by supporting one failed political party or the other, or through the apathetic indecision and ignorance that lead half of the nation to huff away from their responsibility to take part in the electoral process. Voting is a right, but each and every right has an equal or greater responsibility, and making no decision at all is a decision in and of itself; a decision that helped steer America toward invading and occupying Iraq.
If you bought this book in the hopes that it would support your case for or against the war, you will be both disappointed and pleased. There is no good reason for this war or any war, so those opposed to the war will be pleased. However, there was also no way to avoid this form of crisis resolution with Saddam Hussein. In a way, Operation Iraqi Freedom was the perfect war because: no one really wanted it, and yet it couldn't be avoided. This book will explain that in detail with historical facts and clear logic.
Please, read and learn. In this book, everybody screwed-up. Please, do not read and whine. After all, as is the case in all debates, bridges toward agreement and/or progress can either be burned or built. Burning bridges-i.e. polarizing the political orientation of the nation-is one of the major causes of this war. The time for building bridges is at hand for without that reach across the abyss, we are all destined to remain separated, weak, and even impotent as a nation. After all, discourse is good, but intractable division does nothing more than weaken national resolve-Americas will, and if there is one certainty about the War on Terror is:
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