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Below is an article just out today (Jan 26 2004) regarding Ashcroft's comments on WMDs and justification for going to war. Although I firmly believe the world is a better place without the likes of tyrants like Saddam, the fundamental flaw in this administration's reason for going to war is that they didn't say they were going to oust Saddam Hussein because he was a ruthless tyrant...the reason they said was because of WMDs. Now they backtrack and say it doesn't matter what reason they went to war...as long as they took down Saddam. Would have done the world a lot of good had they had that philosophy during the first Gulf War...and followed through with their actions.
The U.S. has lost a lot of credibility after this second war in the Gulf. People that sympathized with the US for 9-11 now believe the US has gone astray from the war against terrorism. Before Afghanistan is stabilized and Bin Laden is captured and Al Qaeda is dismantled permanently, along with the regrouping bands of Taliban, the US is now made a mess in Iraq, and they cannot withdraw without making a bigger mess.

It really is too bad that, like in Japan, the US has John Ashcroft to thank for making stupid comments in public for things that will go against this administration...it is about as intelligent as having televangelists from the early '80's going to South Africa during the Apartheid era saying there was no racism down there...but I suppose people in power never really learn from history...pity....


Ashcroft: War Justified Even Without WMD
By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria - Even if weapons of mass destruction are never found in Iraq (news - web sites), the U.S.-led war was justified because it eliminated the threat that Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) might again resort to "evil chemistry and evil biology," Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) said Monday.

Saddam's willingness to use such weapons was sufficient cause to overthrow his regime, Ashcroft told reporters, alluding to the use of chemical and biological arms against Iraqi Kurds in 1988 and during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.

"Weapons of mass destruction including evil chemistry and evil biology are all matters of great concern, not only to the United States but also to the world community. They were the subject of U.N. resolutions," Ashcroft said.

"I believe there is a very clear understanding that Saddam Hussein continued to pose a threat," he said.

Ashcroft's comments came a day after David Kay, who resigned last week as America's top weapons inspector, pressed U.S. intelligence agencies to explain why their research indicated Iraq possessed banned weapons before the invasion.

Kay told National Public Radio on Sunday he now believes Saddam had no such arms.

"I don't think they exist," Kay said. "The fact that we found so far the weapons do not exist 窶 we've got to deal with that difference and understand why."

Although the White House has insisted that illicit weapons eventually will turn up in Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) and Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) recently held open the possibility that they will not.

Ashcroft said terrorism remained a global menace and "we see no nations as immune to the al-Qaida terrorist threat."

He spoke after meeting with Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel, Interior Minister Ernst Strasser and Justice Minister Dieter Boehmdorfer on measures to fight terrorism and drug trafficking and improve air travel security.

On Tuesday, Ashcroft planned to visit a military base where Austria's elite Cobra police commando unit is based.

Cobra officers have been flying undercover aboard select Austrian flights to the Middle East in the past 20 years, and Austrian officials said Monday the unit will expand its training of U.S. air marshals.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the United States expanded its force of air marshals, who are trained to stop hijackings. They wear civilian clothes and carry special bullets designed to kill without penetrating the metal skin of aircraft.

But the Bush administration's plans to require all foreign airlines to put armed agents on certain flights to the United States have drawn both support and skepticism in Europe.

Britain and France are receptive to the idea of sky marshals, but Denmark, Finland, Portugal and Sweden have signaled they would prefer grounding flights to deploying armed guards on planes if there were a strong suspicion of an attack. Several pilot organizations also have expressed reservations.

Because the EU's executive commission has no policing powers or legal means to negotiate on the continent's use of air marshals, Washington has had to deal individually with each EU nation.

Strasser called Ashcroft's visit "a very clear signal that Europe and the United States want to cooperate very closely on matters of security." :eek:
 
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