President misled us
February 17, 2004
I’m concerned about the enormous price military families are paying for the war in Iraq. So far, more than 500 American service members have lost their lives, and more than 3,000 have been wounded.
President Bush was not honest with military families or the rest of the country about why he felt that it was urgent to launch a pre-emptive war in Iraq last March. The clear implication of all the statements made by President Bush and his administration before the war was that Iraq was an imminent danger to the U.S. and that we had to act, alone if necessary, to defend ourselves.
But last week, CIA Director George Tenet told us that the intelligence analysts “never said that there was an ‘imminent’ threat,” and that there was disagreement over the status of Iraq’s WMD programs. Now we know, of course, that Iraq didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction.
Military families know the risks and sacrifices that they sign up for. But our president has an obligation to use war as a last resort, and to be honest with Americans about the real reasons for going to war.
President Bush must be held accountable for his actions. I hope our senators, Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Wayne A. Allard, will support any efforts to censure him for misleading us.
Jay S. Haygood
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Sgt. First Class, U.S. Army (Retired)