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Once again the war in Iraq is misrepresented as being based upon lies (News editorial, Oct. 22).
Children have to be taught at a young age the difference between a lie and a mistake. The difference is doing something deliberately or doing something inadvertently.
Why is it when Democrats signed the bill to give the president the authority to take any step necessary to get Saddam Hussein to follow the United Nations resolution they can later say they made a mistake but that the administration lied?
How is it a lie when France, Germany, Russia, England and many other intelligence agencies were saying that Saddam had stockpiled mass-destruction weapons? Several Democrats on the intelligence committee had the same information as the president and they signed the bill to use military force if necessary.
Back in 1998, President Clinton and Vice President Gore said Saddam was an immediate threat to the United States because of the mass-destruction weapons he had and we needed to use military force if he didn't follow U.N. mandates.
As a former Marine, I want war to be the last resort, especially since my son is just a few years away from military age. We can have different perspectives about which wars are necessary. I say if Congress and the administration had their children drafted first, before they committed our troops, we would have fewer military interventions.
However, it is disingenuous to make a claim that the administration lied about the war when they were following the same information that many other countries had, and Democrats that saw the information voted to give the administration the authority to take any step necessary to stop Saddam.
Disagree about whether we should still be in Iraq but quit following lock step with people who are interjecting politics into this war with Iraq.
We can disagree about the role of our military in Iraq, or if they should have any role, but we need to be honest about our position on the war and not lie about the administration lying to us about why we needed to go to war with Iraq.
Newlin lives in Tell City.