Bush was looking for a fight from the moment he was elected. Remember his inauguration speech? He was a man obsessed to avenge his father:<quoted text>Condi Rice claimed bushie boy had them at battle stations in August 2001.
For a person who claims to put the blame where it belongs, you sure try your hardest to put it somewhere else.
And history doesn't lie.
"We will confront weapons of mass destruction, so that a new century is spared new horrors."
And he continued to lay the groundwork from there....
February 16 2001:
"Saddam Hussein has got to understand that we expect him to conform to the agreement that he signed after Desert Storm. We will enforce the no-fly zone, both south and north. Our intention is to make sure that the world is as peaceful as possible. And we're going to watch very carefully as to whether or not he develops weapons of mass destruction, and if we catch him doing so we'll take the appropriate action."
February 22, 2001:
"...the primary goal is to make it clear to Saddam that we expect him to be a peaceful neighbor in the region and we expect him not to develop weapons of mass destruction. And if we find him doing so, there will be a consequence."
February 27, 2001:
State of the Union "Our nation also needs a clear strategy to confront the threats of the 21st century -- threats that are more widespread and less certain. They range from terrorists who threaten with bombs to tyrants in rogue nations intent upon developing weapons of mass destruction. To protect our own people, our allies and friends, we must develop and we must deploy effective missile defenses. "
June 12, 2001:
Press Conference with Spanish President Aznar "Those new threats are terrorism, based upon the capacity of some countries to develop weapons of mass destruction, and therefore, hold the United States and our friends hostage."
There are new threats, new forms of terror: cyberterrorism, fundamentalist extremists, extremism that certainly threatens us, threatens Israel, who is our strong ally and friend, threatens Russia. We've got to deal with it. The threat in Europe at sometime, perhaps. We must deal with that issue. And one way to do that is coordinate security arrangements, is to talk about how to -- as to how to deal with the new threats, but also is to be able to have the capacity to rid the world of blackmail, terrorist blackmail"
August 7, 2001:
"As I said, Saddam Hussein is a menace, he's still a menace and we need to keep him in check, and will.
Q Are they ratcheting it up, though? We've had a lot of incidents lately.
THE PRESIDENT: No -- are they, the Iraqis? He's been a menace forever, and we will do -- he needs to open his country up for inspection, so we can see whether or not he's developing weapons of mass destruction."
What? Couldn't be...In August, 2001, the president answered "No" to the question pf whether the Iraqis were "ratcheting" up their development of weapons of mass destruction.
Bush didn't care who was behind 9/11....his obsession with Saddam clouded his judgment. He ignored the intelligence reports and made his decision based on emotion rather than common sense.