Why did Bush go to war, really?
Here's an interesting commentary on Bush's grounds for the invasion of Iraq. Bushites don't need to read this, since it at Alternet.org and it is critical of Bush, you can just blow it off a priori as irrelevant. War on Iraq: Why Bush Went to War is well written and balanced look at U.S. military adventurism in the Persian Gulf.
As the nation begins debate on how to reform the intelligence community, it is essential to remember that the Iraq war was not driven by bad intelligence, per se. As Bush's former director of policy planning admitted, this was a "war of choice." Intelligence was not used to make a decision for war, it was manipulated to mislead Americans into backing a war already planned.
Publicly, President Bush offered four rationales to justify the invasion:
the presence of WMD, Iraqi collaboration with Al Qaeda, the possibility of giving WMD to Al Qaeda, and bringing democracy to Iraq. Since the invasion, numerous commissions have shown the first three to be plainly false. The lack of post-war planning, the elevation of Iyad Allawi and the pervasive corruption among U.S.-funded contractors has put the lie to the
So just why did Bush choose war?
For those of you who do not assign credibility in accordance with political leaning: Patrick Doherty is associate editor at TomPaine.com, spent 10 years working on conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucasus and holds a Master's degree in security studies from the Fletcher School.