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Old 09-12-2008, 12:32 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Spinal Tap View Post
No, I think you read the question wrong. We were all told that Iraq was an imminent threat before we invaded. We were told they had WMD and that they intended to get them into terrorist hands. We were told they had to be stopped. Now you can say that you thought the President was full of shit BEFORE the war, and that you KNEW they were not a threat to us. If that's the case, then you must have a crystal ball and have every right to say that it was wrong to go into Iraq.

This question isn't really about Iraq, it's about 9/11, and whether or not you would have sent 150,000 troops into Afghanistan to stop that fateful attack.

It's a tough question, to be sure. But again, we have the benefit of seeing the destruction of 9/11 and the colossal blunder of the Iraq war. Try to answer this question without the luxury of this knowledge.
As we've seen, occupying Afghanistan really didn't accomplish much, now did it? Now in terms of pre-emptive airstrikes and Special Ops? Shit, we've been doing that for decades. I've got no problem with that. But how are you going to invade (and 150,000 troops is "invade") a country that hasn't attacked us? Afghanistan didn't declare war on us. The Taliban was sponsored by Al Qaeda, but they didn't directly attack us either.

If you want to say; let's do a massive air raid on every Al Qaeda hideout and training camp in the world (after 1993)? Done. No problem with it. But it's not like Al Qaeda was ONLY in Afghanistan. You'd have to invade Pakistan, England, Germany and the United States (and many, many more) if you're going to use that rationale.
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