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|Volume 68, Issue 1,
Ed De La Garza
Josh Gajewski Nikie Johnson
Hussein's a bad, bad man
In 1990, then-President George Bush faced sagging approval ratings and the looming possibility that he would be a one-term president. Enter the evil Saddam Hussein.
Hussein invaded the small oil-rich nation of Kuwait, and the United States suddenly had a reason to declare war (or about as good as it had at the time). Armed not only with superior forces, but with (for the most part) broad Allied support, the U.S. military forced Iraq out of Kuwait. But Bush and then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney stopped short of ousting the man they had vilified day in and day out.
The supposed anti-Christ who murdered his own people and tested bio-chemical weapons on them, was allowed to stay in power. At the time it was hoped that Iraqi citizens would overthrow Hussein. But that obviously hasn't happened, nor is it likely to.
Now, 12 years later, President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney have taken on a public relations tour in an attempt to finally oust the second-most wanted man in the world. They want to, in effect, finish the job.
But this time around, save for Great Britain, they have no allied support. More importantly, they don't even have oil as a reason. What they do have is a perceived threat.
It's no secret Hussein has only disdain for the elder Bush and would like nothing more than to thumb his nose at Dubbya. But up until now, Iraq has done nothing directly to the United States. It's one thing if Hussein can be linked to the 9/11 attacks, but there's no proof he worked either directly or indirectly with Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida network.
Speaking before the United Nations, George W. Bush stated "The just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power."
It's an interesting statement, considering the Bush administration hasn't really found a legitimate reason for action against Iraq. Does the United States have to wait until Hussein pulls a 9/11-like attack? Definitely not. But it should wait until there's more than rhetoric being tossed around — until war is justified.
Bush and company need more than a lust for fighting. And they need more than Great Britain on their side.
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