September the 11th also changed the way I viewed threats like Saddam Hussein. We saw the destruction terrorists could cause with airplanes loaded with jet fuel -- and we imagined the destruction they could cause with even more powerful weapons. At the time, the leaders of both political parties recognized this new reality: We cannot allow the world's most dangerous men to get their hands on the world's most dangerous weapons. In an age of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, if we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long. (Applause.)Ah ha! so this is why they were yammering up the pending mushroom cloud as smoking gun: because they have active imaginations. One would hope the leaders of the free world wouldn't make decisions to go to war on faulty intelligence and active imaginations (or was it some kind of drug flashback from W's yale days?):
...At any point along the way, Saddam Hussein could have avoided war by complying with the just demands of the international community. The United States did not choose war -- the choice was Saddam Hussein's.
When we made the decision to go into Iraq, many intelligence agencies around the world judged that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. This judgment was shared by the intelligence agencies of governments who did not support my decision to remove Saddam. And it is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As President, I'm responsible for the decision to go into Iraq...
Does anyone else detect the logic error in these paragraphs? Okay, was it Saddam or W who decided to go into Iraq?
Unfortunately, there is a cost associated with making decisions to wage war based on active imaginations and bad "intelligence:" It's over 30K Iraqi civilians KIA and over 2K GIs KIA - not to mention billions and billions of US Taxpayer bux. I still say the ROI is not worth it. Why aren't these folks keeling over with guilt with this much blood resting on their hands? They all should resign.