its interesting to watch.......bush gets slammed for exaggerating the threat in iraq,
No, Bush did not 'exaggerate' the threat in Iraq. He was completely mistaken about it.
Now, it is true that based on the evidence that he and his advisers fed the world, many people believed that Iraq did indeed hold weapons of mass destruction that could be armed and used within 24 hours, and on that basis agreed with the invasion of Iraq. It may even be true that Bush and advisers whom the world assumed actually knew better the truth than they did, believed the flawed information that they were fed by their operatives.
What needs to be attended to now is the matter of competency to govern. Blair and Bush, whatever their motives, failed at their job of Governing and subsequently caused the deaths of thousands of people. On that basis they should resign and hand the government over.
What would you think of a corporation executive, say the head of the Ford Motor Company, who sanctioned the design of motor vehicle on the advice of his design team that went on to kill thousands of people? Surely the populace had a right to demand his head regardless of his beliefs or motives? As Truman's desk moto read, 'The Buck Stops Here'. Perhaps Mr Bush thought he was talking about dollars rather than responsibility - who knows.
In the troops defense, Hillary, they could be as smart as John Kerry or you or I, and if their commander's commanders had not given them the job of securing weapons, then those "smart" troops could do very little to prevent the situation we have now.
Agreed. My focus would always be on the troop commanders as they for better or worse, and generally worse in most conflicts, seem to speak for their troops. As it is, Rumsfeld seems to have about as much clue of desert warfare as the 'Grand 'Ole Duke Of York'.
Best regards - HS