Karl Rove, often described as President Bush’s brain (Why would someone need an external brain if they had one of their own), wrote in his book ‘Courage and Consequence’ defending the President’s War on Iraq “Did Bush lie us into war? Absolutely not”
He also wrote “”Would the Iraq War have occurred without WMD? I doubt it” “Congress was very unlikely to have supported the use-of-force resolution without the threat of WMD. The Bush administration itself would probably have sought other ways to constrain Saddam, bring about regime change, and deal with Iraq’s horrendous human rights violations.”
Rove’s statements depict his own point of view about how things happened and as “truthful” as he tries to be, the fact stays as is, there was no WMD in Iraq. I couldn’t but read the statement again, the administration, even without the WMD hoax, would have sought other ways to bring about regime change. So in other words, the administration would have found another excuse to interfere in another country. If there is no reason, we will make one. So why did we go to Iraq then? WMD was a lie, the connection of Saddam with Bin Laden was a lie, oh wait there is a reason, the “horrendous human rights violation” this is it!
So we send our brave young men and women to die along with thousands of mercenaries to stop the human rights violations. We initiate the horrendous acts in Abu Gharib prison. We abolish the Iraqi regime and its countless records of human rights violations by violations of our own. After all, when Iraqis see worse they forget about the bad, no? The Irony is that everyone knew that Saddam’s regime did not support human rights (to say the least) yet someone in the administration had to show the world how the US keeps a “clean” record in that domain.
Rove needed also to mention that we initiated the war to spread Democracy in Iraq. Yet he would probably forget to state that this Democracy has put hundreds of Iraqis behind the bars just before the elections process. He also would have forgotten that this Democracy does not object the same “horrendous human rights violations” that were committed by Saddam’s regime, if those who perform them are our allies, the new rulers of Iraq.
The target we achieved is changing the regime in Iraq. Did we find WMDs? Did we abolish or help abolish human rights violations in Iraq? Are we even looking to establish a true Democracy in Iraq? When the answer to all of the above is No, then by default the answer to the question “Did Bush lie us into war?” is a definite Yes.