|President George W Bush on Iraq War , "I have No Regrets".|
"Just wage a total war against these tyrants; I think we will do very well and our children will sing great songs about us years from now."
"The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas."
09/18/2002, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense (before Congress):
"We do know that the Iraqi regime has chemical and biological weapons. His regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons -- including VX, sarin, cyclosarin and mustard gas. ... His regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of biological weapons—including anthrax and botulism toxin, and possibly smallpox." (presentation to Congress)
11/01/2002, George W. Bush, President,
"... for the sake of protecting our friends and allies, the United States will lead a mighty coalition of freedom-loving nations and disarm Saddam Hussein. See, I can't imagine what was going through the mind of this enemy when they hit us. They probably thought the national religion was materialism, that we were so selfish and so self-absorbed that after 9/11/2001 this mighty nation would take a couple of steps back and file a lawsuit.
03/16/2003, Dick Cheney, Vice President,
"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly, . . . [in] weeks rather than months."
The reasons for the Iraq war remain a serious question in Americans mind, closure is still a long way decades away from the Iraq real effect on the United States and the world at large. The immediate effect of over 4000 lives lost, the increasing thousands and thousands of injuries to our troops and their long term or life time care. A financial cost that will reach closer to 2.5 Trillion Dollars on the United States Credit Card creating deficits for the foreseeable future.
Of all the statements above on the reason for the war only one has so far proven to be true, the question is, did our Political leaders lie and take this country to war?.