Alright, let's break down these "facts"
I am going to break thew W./Iraq War into facts and opinions.
FACTS: And these are irrefutable. reported by hundreds of sources, including W. himself and his cabinet.
1) W. sent the nation to war based on 2 basic things.
-----Iraq had strong Al Quaeda links
-----Iraq had useable WMD, with an emphasis on nuclear weapons programs.
All you have to do to confirm this is youtube W.'s speeches from that time period.
I think you, freakdylan, the person who posted that Youtube and everyone else who uses that press conference to say "See! He's admitting he lied!" is not really paying attention and really having a knee jerk reaction to what he's saying.
He even says at the press conference that those were NOT the only 2 reasons he went into Iraq. Remember, the operation was called Operation: Iraqi Freedom. He went in there ALSO, not only, but also to free the Iraqis from tyranny and cut off another government supporting terrorism.
2) Absolutely no noteable connection to Al Quaeda existed in Iraq before the war. There was no notable Al Quaeda presence until after we destabilized the government. This is absolute documented fact, confirmed by our own government, intelligence agencies and boots on the ground and reported by hundreds of reputable journalistic agencies..
In that same Youtube video you love to use as a source Bush emphasizes that it was never stated that Iraq ordered the attacks on 9/11 or had direct ties to Al Quaeda.
3) There was ZERO nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons materials in Iraq. This is absolute documented fact, confirmed by our own government, intelligence agencies and boots on the ground and reported by hundreds of reputable news agencies.
I'm sorry but again, where is the source for this statement that we went into Iraq on the basis that there were nuclear weapons. There is proof that there was the capacity to make nuclear weapons.
4) The only items that could be considered technically WMD were roughly 500 canisters of discarded, non-useable chemicals.This is absolute documented fact, confirmed by our own government, intelligence agencies and boots on the ground and reported by hundreds of reputable journalistic agencies (and, our own, supersoldier).
These are not the only items. Sorry, show me your source that says this. Did you not see the sources I provided on Page 1 of this thread
? I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself but I feel like I have to: he had WMDs that he used on his own people! Even Bill Clinton stated that and THAT is a FACT.
OPINIONs: And these cannot be argued, because they are opinion.
--It was worth it or not. Some people insist that it was worth the lives and money anyway....and they are entiteled to that opinion. However, I am hoping that those who hold that opinion hold it for the right reasons and stop saying Bush didn't lie at worst, or was incredibly incompetent at best.
I'm sorry, opinions cannot be argued? Since when? Is this China or Cuba now?