Barring some mental of physical disaster, you --- whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you?re doing, and whatever your economic and social status in life ? are experiencing at this very moment the net result of the decisions, large and small, that you have made in your life up to this point. Decisions are the steering commands that we issue as we careen through our lives and careers. Most of the times (hopefully) we try to steer toward some positive and pleasant objective. Sometimes circumstances demand that a steering command be designed not so much to achieve a positive result, but to avoid a negative one.
Viewed in the context of the possible negative results of a decision, only the most partisan and disingenuous fool could suggest that President Bush?s choice to invade Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from power was the wrong one.
Bush had only two choices on Iraq. Invade and remove Saddam Hussein, or permit Hussein to remain in power by allowing the already-failed United Nations process to proceed. Creating a mental flow chart for the two options leads to the inescapable conclusion that the removal of Saddam Hussein was the only responsible choice.
First, the decision to invade: You have two foreseeable consequences. Saddam survives, or Saddam is replaced. Considering the fact that Jimmy Carter is not currently serving as our Commander in Chief, Saddam?s survival would have been unlikely. Saddam would be history. This means that the U.S. and the rest of the world would have a new Iraqi government to deal with. Would it be friendly? Possibly so. All efforts would be made to replace Saddam?s regime with a government more friendly to the West. However, an invasion could lead to a government unfriendly to Western interests. So be it. At least that government wouldn?t have chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs in place and proven ties to Al Qaeda. A mere modicum of common sense would tell you that the new Iraqi government, modeled after a Western democracy or not, would seek friendly relations with the West so as to (a) sell it?s oil and become insanely wealthy; and (b) avoid another forced regime change.
So ? that brings us to option two: Leave Saddam alone and let the processes of the last 12 years continue.
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