To truly get a picture, look at the alternative approach. What would our current situation be if we had not gone to war?
Which was the wiser policy? Could it have been foreseen
- Saddam would probably still be in power, with the UN still looking
for the nonexistent Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Ossama's bounty still
on Saddam's head.
- Sadir would still be opposing Saddam.
- Iraq would still be pumping some oil, and the Iraqi economy would still
be doing poorly, a tough life for the working majority, but still working,
- Saddam would still be trying to oppress religious
fundamentalists, both Shi'ia and Sunni, and keeping foreign forces at bay,
with most Iraqi viewing the U.S. vaguely as an ally, rather than the enemy.
- Most Iraqi would be working.
- Abu Graib prison would be synonymous with Saddam's repression, not a recruiting poster for anti-American suicide bombers.
Iraq would still be a strong man state with a leader we helped put in power,
making neighbors uneasy instead of a failed state, and recruiting and training
ground for Iraqi and Arab terrorists.
- There would have been thousands fewer Iraqi killed.
- There would have been hundreds fewer American deaths.
- The U.S. would be more than $200 billion less in debt.
- The U.S. would have strong allies without paying for them, agreeing and aiding enforcing policy.
Small businesses would get their National Guard members back weeks after
a flood instead of trying to survive an extra year.
- The focus would be on al-Qaida and Ossama's capture.
Investigation and diplomacy would be the predominant concerns, rather than
a body count and how to turn a failed state into one that can stand alone, strong enough to keep terrorists and Iran at bay.
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