Indeed, in the wake of 9/11 the rising tide of Saddamophobia swelled into a tsunami that swept away George Bush’s inhibitions and fears about invading Iraq and bringing down Saddam; gone were the father’s wise restraints and Dick Cheney’s insights into sectarian chaos as we swept into Iraq 555 days later ending the dictator's terrible 23 year reign and turning him into a hunted fugitive.
9/11 + GEORGE BUSH + SADDAM'S INTRANSIGENCE, LIES AND STRATEGIC BLUNDERS = OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
Remove any factor from the equation and Saddam (or his sons) would still be in power oppressing their people, menacing the region and funding terrorism aimed at hurting US and Western interests-and perhaps armed with nuclear bombs.
Saddam Hussein was so enamored with his cruel, sadistic, mass murdering idol Joseph Stalin that he imitated his ways and actions, and did everything he could to look like him. But Stalin, unlike Saddam, survived as his country's leader till his death. Saddam died a Stalin wannabe. But it could have been different if he survived.
After 9/11 Bush and Cheney came to the conclusion, and the right one I believe, that the possible costs and chaos of a post-Saddam Iraq-of murderous tribal, ethnic and religious strife-was less to be feared than the possible horrific domestic consequences of the America-hating dictator staying in power with his WMDs, nuclear ambitions, funding of terrorism and grandiose dreams of becoming the master and Joseph Stalin of the Middle East. Bush, Cheney and many Democrats from the Clintons to Joe Biden understanding the danger (and with huge public support) refused any longer to take a chance on Saddam. Practically everyone feared another horrific 9/11 and so we preëmptively struck.
Saddam, who like most Arabs rejoiced over 9/11 admiring bin Laden and al Qaida for the deed and great death and destruction it caused, would fall. We'd take the War on Terror to the enemy in the heart of the Middle East however troubling and destabilizing it could be (in the short term) to the region. The sick, dysfunctional, despotic Middle East, the incubator of Islamic terror and 9/11, would be forever changed and transformed-blown up if need be-and made less dangerous to America's security, freedom and well-being.
True to his unbending nature the tragic, stiff-necked Saddam was defiant to the end. Thumbing his nose at the 16th and final UN Resolution warning him that failure to comply with the terms of his ceasefire agreement, and come clean on his missing stockpile of WMDs, would have dire consequences, Saddam instead issued a bogus 12,000 page document claiming they were destroyed. That was the last straw. For 12 years Saddam had been violating his ceasefire agreement triumphing over every punishment, and now it was time to enforce its terms and resume the state of war. President Bush made the tough decision to finish Desert Storm, the war his father began, and Saddam this time would fall.
Driven from power Saddam went on the run trying and failing to organize a guerrilla war against the invading infidels (the new Christian Crusaders) who he’d heroically defeat (fulfilling his destiny) as the Sunni world rallied to his cause. But that was another grand delusion. In the end Saddam was abandoned by everyone weak, pathetic, alone looking like a filthy bum crawling out of a stinking spider hole as he ignominiously surrendered to US forces.
Now ten years after that day Iraq is on the verge of a cataclysmic civil war due mainly to the incompetent leadership of a feckless Leftist US President ironically bearing the middle name HUSSEIN, who rose to power because he opposed the war that brought down Saddam justly ending his evil, mad, monstrous reign.
Barack Hussein Obama, America’s first president with Moslem family roots, has been a catastrophe for the Middle East and Moslem world. Through butt kissing appeasement, cowardice, inaction, retreat and bad calls he's made things radically worse in the region by intentionally trying to kill the Pax Americana caring nothing about the consequences and what will replace it... leaving everything to chance. Will it be a nuclear armed Iran achieving regional hegemony and control of Mideast oil? Or will it be ISIS the mightiest al Qaida army of all ravaging Iraq like a swarm of locusts becoming the Sunnis' last best hope to keep the region free of a Pax Iranica? We shall see.