'Our estimates were based on estimates. The eventual figure was based in part on circumstantial information gathered over the years'
how many do you suppose were pro-US insurgents that were mowed down after we flaked on a deal to back a rebellion? You suppose any of them were sarvation deaths from those UN sanctions? How about the kurds killed with chemical weapons we handed to saddam?
Bush and Blair are subject to criticism not for the war itself (an obvious good), but for the conduct of the post-war occupation, which was badly conceived and executed.
I continue to think that we're still far ahead, in long-term military terms, from where we were before the invasion was launched -- if for no other reason than we showed the willingness and ability to invade where we deemed it necessary.
they say this cat Pol Pot's a bad mother
"Bush administration and PUK officials have also speculated that Ansar may be working with Saddam through a man named Abu Wa'il, reportedly an al-Qaeda operative on Saddam's payroll. Kurdish explosives experts also claim that TNT seized from Ansar was produced by the Iraqi military, and that arms are sent to the group from areas controlled by Saddam. Iraqi officials deny all such ties, yet Saddam clearly profits from Ansar's activities, which keep Kurdish opposition forces tied up on the border and away from Saddam."
Currently, Kurdish and international sources are accumulating evidence they say could soon present a clearer picture of Saddam's cooperation with al-Qaeda.
Multinational forces in Iraq said on Friday that more than a dozen missile warheads said to contain mustard gas or sarin have tested negative for chemical agents.
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