“If he had WMDs and destroyed them, all he had to do was show some documentation to that effect.”
Newsflash… you cannot prove a negative.
When the request is ‘prove you don’t have something’, then that request cannot be met by any means. Iraq could have been destroying their weapons live on television and the US would have been saying “They still have more hidden”, “They’re just trying to fool us again” and “Those aren’t real WMDs, the real ones are hidden”
When it comes to proving something, the something that must be proved is “Does Saddam Hussein have WMDs”, the parties saying he does have the burden of proof.
Anything else and you can justify a new American justice system.
Me: “Duke, you murdered Thelma Thumper”
Duke: “Prove it”
Me: “No Duke, you must prove that you didn’t murder Thelma”
(and at the same time, prove you’re not a witch, by drowning in Salem bay)
Only at the absolute last resort, should something happen, such as blatant obstruction. Then, send in the army, and you better find some fuckin’ WMDs.
But now, We MIGHT find some WMDs, but that is unlikely. A far cry from “If we don’t move NOW NOW NOW, Saddam’s gonna nuke New York and use chemical weapons on our soldiers”
Sure, Saddam is gone, and all is good, except for the fact that Iraqi money is now worthless, the Iraqis pillaged many government buildings (which is A-OK to Dr. Strangelove in the Defense department) and various Iraqi museum employees and other friends began to take artifacts out to sell them to people. We’ll ignore the suspicious disappearing act that occured on the way to Baghdad, that was most likely ‘running away’, but the Iranians say the US made a deal to get Hussein out of Iraq (one rumor: Belarus) in order to get power. Have no doubt about it, if Saddam and his sons would have left on March 17th, then who knows what would have happened? although i’m sure that with the urgent WMD threat, we’d have to step in.
Where is Iraq going to be in four years? will any of us goddamn care? or will Iraq become another damn dictatorship or an Islamic Republic, that breeds terrorists that will come for Americans and Israelis?