Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised many by stating his intelligence services had information that Saddam planned terrorist attacks in America
"After Sept. 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services, the intelligence service, received information that officials from Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist attacks in the United States and outside it against the U.S. military and other interests."
President Putin's information helps explain President Bush's decision to act against Iraq. In light of the fact that America failed to act on intelligence and against attacks on its interests overseas prior to 9-11, is it not prudent for an American president to consider a nation that plans to carry out attacks on our soil a threat? Intelligence that indicated Iraq was planning to attack us here after 9-11 could not be ignored, especially based on Saddam's history of actively opposing America and his violent history in the Middle East. A president's first and foremost responsibilities are to defend the Constitution and protect this nation from all threats. President Bush would have failed his in his duty as Commander in Chief had he not considered addressing Saddam's regime, and America is indeed safer today because we have removed Saddam from power.
Posted by bill roggio @ 11:55 PM