I won’t write anything here other than to link to two good articles about how Pres. Bush never lied to the American people and the world about what was going on in Iraq; he did not deceive us into going to war. Anyone who paid attention to what was going on in the world at the time knows this but many people conveniently forget what we actually knew back when the U.S. invaded Iraq. The whole world thought that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; the best intelligence from around the world said that.
That being said, if I was President and knew what Pres. Bush and other country leaders knew, I highly doubt I would have invaded Iraq. I can’t say definitively that I wouldn’t have because that would be naive, but I’m not a fighter; I abhor conflict and generally avoid it when possible. I think there is little in life worse than war, even if war is sometimes necessary and morally justified. I’m also not one who believes in preemptive strikes as a rule. I’m not and never will be, thankfully, the President of the United States (I would turn down the job even if it was handed to me) so I don’t have have such weighty things as wars hanging on my conscience.
Story 1 [from the LA Times in June 2008].
Story 2 [from the Wall Street Journal in 2005].