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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 11:49 PM
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6. that myth needs to be exposed (the need for additional force)....
1) Iraq was already disarmed;

2) Iraq's ambitions were already contained, and at a fraction of the cost of the war (the Pentagon estimates that 2.5 billion/yr would have been necessary to continue the level of prewar containment; Saddam Hussein would have died of OLD FREAKING AGE long before that rate of expenditure reached what the invasion has already cost and a bunch of other folks would still be alive);

3) Iraqi airspace was already an open book to U.S. and U.K. patrols;

4) Iraqi air defenses were bombed whenever they turned on their radars-- coalition patrols already used suppressing force with complete impunity;

5) Iraq's civil infrastructure was already shattered by more than a decade of brutal sanctions-- more than one million Iraqis died, including over 500,000 children;

6) Iraq's military was already broken by the Iran-Iraq war and Gulf War I;

7) Iraq was already salted with enough depleted uranium to produce an environmental disaster that will last for centuries;

8) Hussein had already allowed U.N. weapons inspectors to return with virtually no conditions on their activities;

9) The weapons inspectors would have certified that Iraq had already complied with the disarmament mandate-- because it had. It was all over except the foot dragging and chest thumping in the U.N.

What reason was there for needing additional threats of force? What objectives had not been met that required additional arm twisting? Kerry voted to give Bush permission to invade and says that if he knew then what he knows now-- ALL OF THE ABOVE-- he'd do it again. WHY WAS AN ADDITIONAL THREAT OF FORCE NEEDED?

This is at best a lame excuse for a politically expedient but morally bankrupt vote.
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