By Silvio Canto, Jr.
March 20, 2017
We recall this week the 13th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War II. It's a moment to reflect on a decision that still looks correct to me a decade later.
The first question we should ask is: What if President George W. Bush had not invaded Iraq?
The problem is that we always know what did happen as a result of a war, but we will never know what didn't happen.
What if President Bush had not made the decision? Let me suggest this scenario:
1. Saddam Hussein would have become a bigger threat to the region and the U.S. Saddam Hussein had clearly come to the conclusion that the West would not stop him and was acting as such.
2. Iraq would have continued shooting at U.S. and UK planes enforcing UN resolutions. How many times do you allow someone to fire missiles at your aircraft without interpreting it as an act of war?
3. What about Israel? Saddam was not a friend of Israel. What would the Middle East look like with Iraq and Iran threatening Israel? Maybe Iran and Iraq would have gone to war again? Or, maybe they would have attacked Israel? We do know today that Iraq won't be attacking Israel or has WMDs to threaten its neighbors. We can thank President Bush for that.
Yes, Bush's critics need to answer one simple question: what if Bush had not invaded Iraq?
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