karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,

Jason Van Steenwyk tears apart the first paragraph of Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks' new book: Fiasco: America's Military Adventure in Iraq.
Among many other things, he takes Ricks to task for mindlessly repeating the notion that the US went to war...
...on the basis of incorrect information – about weapons of mass destruction and a supposed nexus between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda's terrorism...

He points out that, in addition to any claims about WMD, Saddam was in violation of the Gulf War cease-fire agreements, a spate of UNSCR resolutions, and links to Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups.
The decision to go to war does not rely on us being right about EVERYTHING the intelligence agencies suspected. The decision required only that an analysis of the risks and rewards of removing him from power warranted the invasion. The decision to go to war is justified not by us being right about everything, but on us being right enough on a few important things.
Tags: politics

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