Business development consultant
Yes to both questions. I was concerned before the war about the legitimacy.
Computer company representative
I don’t know that that’s considered a failure as it relates to the overall goal. I don’t doubt that there were weapons and I don’t think that it, in my mind, has diminished the Bush administration in its goals.
In the beginning [President Bush] gave ample warning for Iraq to disarm and they didn’t. I think [weapons of mass destruction] are still there, but just not as many and they’re probably spread out. Regardless of what they had, the war was about preventing something like Sept. 11 from happening again.
I think the lack of confirmation really eggs on the skepticism of the Bush administration’s efforts to show the imminence of the war; the imminence of the threat. For someone who didn’t disagree with the war in principle, it doesn’t surprise me that no weapons were found, but, yes, I do think it reduces the legitimacy of the war. It’s remarkably consistent with certain claims of detractors of the Bush administration that there are ulterior motives being served here.
I don’t think Bush misled the country by not finding those weapons, because the idea [by Saddam Hussein] of actually using those types of weapons, I believe, was there and that was enough reason to go in.
I felt like we had to do something. Whether what we did was right or not, I’m undecided on. It was a long time coming and it was reactionary, rather than being proactive. I think we got there possibly on the coat tails of the previous administration.
I’ve never thought that the action in Iraq was legitimate, even with or without the weapons. I definitely think the Bush administration misled the country. I think Bush was doing what his father didn’t get to finish.
Retired postal worker
As someone pointed out: we’ve sold weapons to Saddam Hussein. There are receipts even… It’s a good idea to get rid of Saddam, if you can get rid of him. They cannot find Bin Laden; they cannot find Saddam, but they kill a whole lot of people—innocent people too. There’s something weird about that.