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Submitted by john W. mcginley (United States), Apr 13, 2004 at 13:26

Your analysis is sobering. Not a chance, however, that the President wil follow it. He -- although not everyone in his administration -- is not only too idealistic but he is tinged with a bit of naivte. Here is a question I thought I would never ask or have to ask 18 months ago. Should we have gone into Iraq at all? It appears that Iraq did not have wmd or, more likely, sold and had them transported to Iran (and via Iran some ended up with Hezbollah) about six to eight weeks before the actual outbreak of the war. (I speak of chemical biological stockpiles; they did not have nuclear capability). I presume that us intelligence knew about this transfer but did not share the info with the american people. yet well into the fighting the administration used the wmd argument as the primary causus belli. Iran, then and now is the primary perpetrator terror -- by way of active and steady support -- in the world. Taking them on then would have been difficult. Now that we are stretched thin it is virtually impossible. Ever since 1979 (the hostage situation) republican and democratic administrations have swept iran under the rug. It's as though one were to pursue someone threatenting arson and leave alone the one actually doing arson. These are not good times. John W. McGinley
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