(continued from the previous post)
The Administration's rationale all along has been assertions that it knew -- had solid evidence, no less -- that Iraq was positively dripping with WMDs. Not only that, but also that Iraq had ties to, not just terrorists, but al Qaeda (a silly claim; if it ever held water, as I've said, that alone is causus belli; the fact that despite, again, assertions of proof, the Administration hardly even bothered to push that case illustrates that it was solely propaganda). The veracity of both these allegations is not just in doubt; they're demonstrably false.
It doesn't matter if the Iraqis are happier without Saddam, or even if they collectively decide that it was worth the destruction and death we inflicted on them. That's their affair. From our own perspective, what matters is that the Administration's key rationales -- at least the most prominent among their shifting series -- were lies, or at the very least the products of spectacularly inept intelligence wedded to a frothing desire for war. The Administration -- so highly reputed for its focus -- could have made liberation of Iraq from Saddam its sole agenda item, as opposed to an undeniable collateral benefit. If the Administration's case had always been liberation, with no
lies assertions of Iraq's so-called "threat," connections to al Qaeda, or swimming pools of anthrax, then the war could have been debated (well, no, it wouldn't have; Bush obviously brooked no debate or dissention from any course other than war, but bear with me) on those grounds, and then the hawks could crow about the joy of Iraqi freedom. No one denied that the Iraqi people would benefit from Saddam's departure; many opponents, including myself, were highly deisturbed at the Administration leading the United Sytates into an unprovoked war of aggression under false pretences.
Those pretences are being proved more patently false each day -- even if Saddam had WMDs, it's obvious by now that the US government never had the sure knowledge, let alone proof, it claimed, and the al Qaeda connection is simply laughable. Ignatius may not care that Bush lied us into war, but I and many others sure as hell do. Shame on Ignatius for not holding the Administration accountable for its claims. Shame on Ignatius for embracing a war based on lies and deception. And shame on the hawks who condone the lies that brought them their cherished war. That attitude -- that the US should adopt war at the President's pleasure, an unmistakable aspect of tyranny -- is truly unpatriotic.