You see, here is the problem, if you are the President of the United States, under our laws, you cannot attack a sovereign country unless they present a Clear and Present Danger(CPD) to the U.S.
No reasonable person or entity, including any of our intelligence agencies, felt that Iraq was a clear and present danger to the U. S. Thus, the administration needed to "stove pipe" intelligence that might lead a rational person to think Iraq was a CPD to us. That is, they had to manufacture/manipulate intelligence to go to war.
No one can argue that Iraq was not a wonderful strategic target. Iraq sits between Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. If you own it you divide these three problems and put your army on their doorstep. Iraq controls much of the fresh water in the Mideast(a very nice thing to control in a land of deserts). It also happens to have tons of oil.
So, assuming you can control Iraq, you gain a huge strategic advantage. Herein lies the big Presidential sticking point; no CPD but a great strategic trove for all my military contractor and oil buddies.
What is a boy from Texas to do. Aw heck! no one will notice that massive stove pipe at CIA and WMDs are a slam dunk (even if they are comprised of fifteen year old nerve gas, that they bought from Rummy, to use against the Kurds and Iranians) . Congress will keep it quiet as long as my boys Tommy D. and Denny H. are in charge. Hell, we have school prayer and gay marriage to concern America with. If those issues lose their luster we can tar and feather all those dirty Mexicans taking the high paying farm and roofing jobs from needy middle class Americans.
What could possibly go wrong?
- Iraq becoming an all too predictable debacle.
- The Republican's loss of Congress
- Etc., Etc.
Oh yes, and this: