Initially, the rationale was specific: to stop Saddam Hussein from using what Bush claimed were the Iraqi leader's weapons of mass destruction or from selling them to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.
THESE ARE SIMPLY LIES, AND THE ARTICLE IS AN UNADULTERATED PIECE OF LEFTIST PROPAGANDA.
Anyone who reads the speech Bush gave in September 2002 - (given before UNSCR #1441 was even introduced, and SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE WAR) - or who reads the UNSCR #1441 (UNANIMOUSLY PASSED by the UNSC), OR WHO READS THE CONGRESSIONAL BILL AUTHORIZING THE WAR - (which passed overwhelmingly) - will see that ALL THESE REASONS WERE COMPLETELY SPELLED OUT FROM THE VERY START. YUP: From the very start there were more than TWO dozen reasons Bush said Saddam was a threat and why regime change was important. Heck: it had been official USA policy UNDER CLINTON!
FACT: BUSH USED 27 REASONS TO JUSTIFY ATTACKING SADDAM --- BEFORE ATTACKING HIM! EXCERPT:
If it seems that there have been quite a few rationales for going to war in Iraq, that’s because there have been quite a few – 27, in fact, all floated between Sept. 12, 2001, and Oct. 11, 2002, according to a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.ALL AP is proving - once again - is that they are a Left-wing dominated propaganda organization carrying water for the Democrat Party. AND THEY ARE LYING SCUM.
(BTW: This LIE is as big as the LIE that 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the war since 2003 - another example of the Left using LIES and PROPAGANDA to try to effect the election. They do it so much and so often that we should stop calling it an October SURPRISE! It's typical behavior from them. REMEMBER RATHERGATE?!?! Sheesh.)
[More proof UNSCR was violated - and war legal and justified AND NECESSARY on that basis alone - HERE.]
UPDATE: 12 HOURS later and POWER LINE agrees - (without giving you ALL the links and documentation which proves it!).