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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-04 02:07 AM
Response to Reply #56
58. I never supported any invasion
But the UN resolutions weren't limited to WMD--they were the cornerstone of the rhetoric Bush chose to make his case. He couldn't mislead people into war talking about missiles that are .01 miles over an imposed range limit--WMD was the big scare card he could play, and so he did. No one worried about the potential to seek biological or chemical weapons, they worried about nukes or significant stockpiles of bio or chem weapons.

However, inspections still were necessary to ensure compliance with the UN resolutions, and the threat of force is still a viable tool in pursuit of that goal. It was clear that Bush had no interest in a peaceful resolution to the questions about Iraq, so it was a mistake to give him an authorization. But that doesn't mean that the threat of force has no place in getting cooperation.

As for the rest, Ritter argued that inspections were still necessary for Iraq in his June 2000 article. That doesn't meant that Iraq was a huge threat, but to ensure the resolutions were being followed inspections are necessary.
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