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What ever happened to all those WMDs that we went to stop?

We're still looking for them.

Why were we there again?

To eliminate Iraq's WMD, and remove from power those who were willing to use them.

Now what do we do?

We try to help the Iraqis learn to govern themselves democratically.

Did we REALLY improve the security of the US?

Compared to the alternative, definitely. You know that, left alone, Saddam would, sooner or later, either actually use his WMD against us or his neighbors, or use the threat of them to increase his power tremendously at our expense. Now, that won't happen.

What did this exercise in unilateral pre-emptive "defensive" war gain us?

Some security, in time lower oil prices, greater security for Israel because less resources will now flow to the Palestinians, and the not insignificant possibility that democracy will take root in the Middle East with attendant benefits for the whole world. It is not clear to me how the North Koreans will react to this.

Now all those crazed looting masses are our problem.

Yes, but I'd much, much rather have that problem than the one we just got rid of.

Just like we took care of the Afghans (where the Taliban are taking over again),

The jury is still out on how the Afghan situation will end up.

and even Panama (one of the largest drug transfer countries in S America).

True, we haven't solved the drug problem yet. Still working on it.

God bless our troops, but the administration has used a lot of pages out of the playbooks of past tyrants.<i/>

No tyrant in history has ever taken the kind of care we have to avoid civilian casualties and preserve culture. Also our different intent matters, because in the end we are hoping to give all of the Iraqi people a real stake in their government. Just ask the people of Germany and Japan whether they'd like to go back to the way they were governed before WWII.

You know, it may not work out. But if life means anything at all, it means not being ruled by pessimism or cynicism.

And if you make the perfect the enemy of the good, you'll never accomplish anything.
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