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It’s been two decades since, on March 19, 2003, United States forces invaded Iraq. President George W. Bush ordered the invasion to neutralize what he said was the threat of weapons of mass destruction posed by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Except, it turned out Saddam did not have WMDs. U.S. forces searched and searched and searched and never found them. In all, 4,586 American service members died in the war, and 32,455 were wounded.
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Of course, WMDs were never the sole justification for war with Iraq.
Nor did the allies find no WMDs: they found at least 5000 poison gas shells, according to the New York Times.
But they were old ones. So when somebody says we found “no WMDs”, they really mean “no new WMDs”.
Safely reelected and a lame duck, George W. Bush apparently didn’t care about his approval rating, or how he would drag down the Republican Party. For mysterious psychological reasons, he refused to defend the war he started.
It’s not surprising, then, that public support for the war has declined over the years.
Not that anybody should be citing as an example the bizarre, buffoonish Max Boot, who has changed all his political positions, morphing from a conservative Republican to a liberal Democrat.