Bill Clinton boils the Iraq occupation down to few clear words on Larry King. "He [Cheney] and the other proponents of the Iraq war did not care whether he [Saddam] had weapons of mass destruction, did not care whether he was involved with 9-11, did not care whether the evidence showed any of this or not. They had made their mind up in advance that this was the thing to do."
Remember (and we're going back several years now, before the popularity of blogs, when alternative news was available only on sites like Information Clearing House and Democracy Now!, still sources of choice for independent-minded people who don't necessarily want the Democratic platform shoved down their throats) when one was considered a conspiracy theorist for daring to oppose the Iraq bombings for the reasons Clinton cites. Remember reading the PNAC white paper for yourself and underlining these sentences: "Indeed, the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein." We all knew this long before Democrats dared to talk about it (and they will still hardly dare to discuss the permanent military bases.)
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