Give me a frickin' break. When I say he was the worst of the worst, I don't mean he was literally the human being with the most evil intent who has ever lived. How the hell would I measure that? He was indeed right up there with any other evil despot, Hitler, Pol Pot, et al included. If anything because he is now, he is worse. This not midevial history, this 2003. Good lord people, wouldn't it be nice if we didn't limit this to just a numbers game? Maybe that way we can save some lives in the future before the numbers get up into the two-three million plus range.
Patio, don't see your point. Why is it of such obsesive concern to you that the US, as you put it, "put Saddam in power"? Are you so anal retentive that you think it's possible to clean up the closets of the past? It's called history for a reason. And no it's not pretty. As well, is it accurate to say the US put Saddam in power? Did he and his ilk not have anything to do with it? Hell, he took bullets coming into power. He certainly was never the puppet type.
There would have been other ways to get him out of power,
Ok, I'm all ears, and hopefully the plans don't involve a 5 to 10 year game plan. I've wondered myself if it could have been done with money, but I don't see a plausible scenario, even with billions of dollars, that gets Saddam out and gives Iraqis a chance at democracy of one form or another.
That's the ONLY issue that was the justification for the war.
Doesn't look that way now, does it? lol
Frankly, I think it was mostly about positioning. I think America is much better positioned in the region now than several months ago. I think we'll end up with bases in Iraq and flowers in our helmets for years to come
Hasn't all mankind been groaning together for lo these many years? I simply tune out the political groans and focus on the more physical groans. Be thankful for the progress we've made, rather than seeing only negatives in all this. Go ahead and hate war, I certainly do, but it is kinder and gentler than ever before. That's progress, though I don't think you'll see it in "watching the world".
that he was a ruthless dictator doesn't mean he didn't do good things for his country.
Now you're just being silly.
ps. law shmaw ;)