Originally posted by NaplesX
Evidence does not have to be a Huge stockpile of WMDs, this find is still evidence, like it or not. Sarin is a WMD and has been found in Iraq. That is a true statement.
For me this isn't a game of legalistic technicalities where Bush suddenly becomes praise-worthy simply because in some very limited sense one might claim that any WMD, regardless of actual effective capability, is the same as any quantity of WMD at all.
You also seem to be ascribing to the unsupported logic that any find whatsoever can only, no two ways about it, be viewed as the tip of an iceberg, that anything seen must imply vast unseen quantities behind it. While such a relationship is possible, is imaginable, it's far from inescapable.
When you consider the cost of the war in Iraq, in human lives, in dollars, in strain on our international relationships, only the true size and scope of the purported pre-invasion Iraqi threat matters, not technicalities.
If we'd poured the hundreds of billions of dollars
that we've wasted on Iraq into Afghanistan instead, if we'd truly made an effort to make that country safer and more prosperous, we'd have done much, much more to reduce the threat of terrorism, improve our standing among the world's nations, and show the Arab world our good intentions.
Even freeing Iraqis from Saddam's tyranny -- a very good thing, but not our stated reason for going to war -- might only be a temporary respite for the Iraqis because of terrible post-war planning. The country is very likely to collapse into anarchy and civil war, probably eventually leading to a Shia theocracy, simply changing which group of Iraqis is causing the most oppression and which other groups are most oppressed.
If this mess in Iraq can be solved, and it's looking bleaker all the time, I certainly don't trust Bush and company to be the ones to do it, nor will much of the rest of the world be very willing to help out for as long as Bush stays in charge.
Focussing our money and our manpower to do one job, Afghanistan, and do it right, would have stood a much better chance of not only serving America's interest, but in improving the lives of many poor and oppressed non-Americans.