Clearing the air
1. I admit I did not vote for George W Bush in 2000. I thought at the time he was the big Y2K problem because he was a lightweight put into the nomination by Texas oil money. Mainly I did not like him because the domestic programs he espoused were too much for big money and business and not enough for the lesser wage earners. His tax cuts did help the economy in one way. We learned back in the guns and butter days of the late 1960s that deficits seem to help the economy although they leave a terrible inheritance.
2. When he decided to invade Afghanistan following 9/11, I backed that effort. I felt, however, after watching the Russians play for years with the Afghans, that it needed to be a massive, quick strike that went in and out and did not get bogged down as the Red Army did. But I did support it.
3. Yes, Eric, Saddam Hussein was a bad man and his own people needed to throw him out. But it was obvious that he did not have weapons of mass destruction that were a threat to us. He also was not a part of the 9/11 conspiracy. If we were going to react to that by invading we should have gone after Saudi Arabia since most of the terrorists were Saudis. It was obvious, even to me from this far out in the boondocks, that Saddam did not have the weapons. The U.N. couldn't find them, nor could our over flights and satellites. That was funny since the papers during the Cuban Missile Crisis certainly carried enough intelligence pictures showing Khruschev's missiles en route to Castro.
4. Removal of Saddam Hussein and making the Near East a democratic bastion were not mentioned when the American people were first sold on invading Iraq. We have seen a lot of other places, in Africa, in Myanmar, in Thailand, where scruffy dictators of the Hussein stripe are killing their own people as Saddam did. Why haven't we invaded them? Was it a guilt complex because we helped install Hussein? I have a lot of questions and I've received a lot of answers. But in the end the only person who can ask my biggest question keeps citing "9/11." Why did we invade Iraq?