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Explain again why we invaded Iraq?

IraqBiological and Chemical WeaponsDefenseGeorge W. BushSaddam Hussein

After two letters in attempt to justify himself and the invasion of Iraq ("Iraq's chemical weapons stocks were well documented," Dec. 28, and "Did Saddam have WMDs before the U.S. invasion in 2003?" Jan. 2) I still can't figure out what Michael DeCicco is trying to say in regard to the astonishingly stupid decision to go to invade Iraq in 2003. Clearly American citizens were in no danger from Saddam's stockpiles of chemical weapons even if they had ever been found or used on U.S. soldiers (which they weren't). Rather the justification to go to war was that Saddam had or was near acquiring nuclear weapons that were an imminent threat to the U.S.

President Bush's press secretary, Ari Fleisher, stated that "we know as a fact that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction." This quote appears in the July 10, 2005 edition of the Sunpapers under the title "It all looked so easy," which shows the reckless and outlandish disregard for the truth by Bush Administration officials, which Mr. DeCicco is apparently still an apologist for. Or maybe not, since he's never told us the real reason why we should have invaded Iraq. He should try to talk to that fellow in Towson who keeps writing that the decision to withdraw from Iraq in 2011 was somehow Obama's fault (hint, the Status of Forces Agreement determining the time of American withdrawal from Iraq was negotiated by the 43rd president before Obama took office).

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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