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9-11 Commission's Major Omission
By Sook Holdridge
Submitted to Star Tribune 4-11-04

Sunday's Trib article, "Bush support ebbs among military families," included this question fequently being asked by military wives, "why did we go to Iraq"? It's an important question.

Unfortunately the 9-11 Commission has mostly sidestepped that question. Some still argue it doesn't matter why or how Bush took us to war; removing Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do.

But it does matter. We're looking at a possible gross abuse of power "worse than Watergate" as John Dean put it. No one lost their life in the Watergate scandal. Over 10,000 Iraqi and American lives have been lost in this war, so far.

Congress did not give Bush authority to take us into war unless he could show Iraq was a perpetrator of 9-11, or that we were in imminent danger of being attacked by Iraq. If neither can be substantiated, then Bush acted wrongfully and deceitfully in taking us to war.

Since a charge of gross abuse of power is an impeachable offense, it is in the public's interest and duty to find out if this is one of those cases. The question the 9-11 Commission [and Congress] ought to be asking is, did Bush intentionally and willfully deceive or mislead the public and Congress in order to gain support for going to war against Iraq? And, was the "bad Intelligence" he relied on an acceptable excuse?

It is this line of questioning that offers some hope for stopping the senseless killing in Iraq.

Sook Holdridge, Edin


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