Give the Iraq war a chance
They have the false clarity of self righteousness. Their vision doesn't see the complexities of humanity and politics. They fail to see something seems like the lesser of two evils in the heat of the moment, is in reality more evil. Their visions weaknesses, are defended by a shield harder than diamonds, called patriotism (nationalism). In this case it was really really needed it. The slightest breeze of questioning would have sent their vision toppling down, like a house of cards.
President Bush said about Saddam's threat to the US "I owe it to the American people to secure this country. I will do so." (1 ).
New American Century
A group called the "New American Century" urged war with Iraq. A 1998 letter signed by Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and other urged President Clinton to go to war with Iraq (2 ).
The letter signed by Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and others said "We urge you to ... enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world," and also said "That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime from power." (3 ).
Dr. Ahmed Chalabi
Mr Chalabi engineered a series of questionable loans and financial deals in relation to his family owned banks Petra and MEBCO banks. For this he was convicted of stealing thirty million and sentence to 22 years hard labor in April 1992. He fled Jordan and went to England claiming it was a "conspiracy" of regulators (4 ).
This question on ethics didn't bother officials in the USA. He did not like Saddam. Mr Chalabi activities against Saddam had been funded by the American taxpayer. In the early 1990's the CIA contacted him with a plan to form an opposition party to Saddam. Chalabi activities were funded to what is believed to be 59 million dollars. By 1996 he was cut off because they believed he was a "divisive character." (5 ).
Mr. Chalabi is also an ex Iraqi exile. He headed a group called the Iraqi National Congress, the same group ex Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld promoted in Congress. He predicted that the Iraqi people would rise up against Saddam when America invaded. This of course didn't happen, he explained it way saying "The U.S. government publicly asked the Iraqi people not to do an uprising," and "U.S. officials told opposition leaders specifically 'no uprising.' They asked them to stay at home when military operations were going on."(6 ).