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Reader comment on item: What If the United States Had Not Invaded Iraq

Submitted by KI (United States), Sep 12, 2005 at 21:34

I think the Bush administration failed both militarily and politically in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator. However, by keeping the Islamists under control, he protected our security. After the invasion, Islamists associated with Ben Laden are operating freely in Iraq. The Iraqis are less secure after the invasion than before it for the same reason. Iraq had a secular government before the invasion. According to its proposed constitution, it may have an Islamist government in the future. This means that the Iraqis will suffer more in the future than pain under the rule of S. Hussein. It seems to me that, thanks to the inaction of the Bush administration in shaping the constitutions of Afghanistan and Iraq, our troops are sacrificing their lives in these countries in order to establish Islamic constitutions and Islamic governments.
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