Bush: “I saw a threat. The Congress saw a threat, the United Nations Security Council saw a threat in the form of Saddam Hussein. He was not only a threat to people in the Middle East because of terrorist ties, he was a threat to America or anybody else who loved freedom.”
Slight change in the argument here. The terrorist ties were a threat to people in the Middle East. In other words, his payoffs to families of Palestinian suicide bombers may have been his only connection to terrorism. Now one could certainly argue that such a crime alone is cause enough to have one’s country wrested away (I’m certainly open to that line of reasoning). But the issue here is what reasons were given to the American people and the world during the road to engagement in Iraq.