Letter: Bush not to blame for Iraq mess
I commend Donald Naranjo (in the Courier April 6) for pointing out, in the lead-up to the Iraq war, the waves of leading Democrats who were beating the drum about stopping Saddam Hussein and his use of weapons of mass destruction,. It has never ceased to amaze me how hysterical and hypocritical the Democrats have been in blaming George W. Bush for the whole mess in Iraq.
First of all, Saddam Hussein was a weapon of mass destruction. He had them and used them, he clearly wanted the rest of the world to fear him, he was jerking us around and was causing great suffering. The primary function of government is public safety. What you don't know can kill you. Given the uncertainties of the post-9/11 world, I would have considered it reckless and irresponsible for our government not to take the initiative to make sure we were safe. And the only way to do that was with boots on the ground.
The mistake was not going into Iraq. The mistake was to then disband a standing army, sending tens of thousands of soldiers home with guns and without jobs, and expecting a region where tribalism had reigned for thousands of years to suddenly embrace our Western concept of cooperative government.
We're in a new age of warfare, not of our choosing. Demonstrating "nice" and reason don't work when dealing with a mentality of hate and destruction to all who disagree. I expect our government to put our safety first, ahead of politically correct agendas.