Is 9/11 the reason for the Iraq war?
It's clearly deliberate that this big review of the Iraq war with General Petraeus happened on 9/10 & 9/11.
But, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and the Iraq war had nothing to do with making us safer from terrorists when it was started. (There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq when the war started, but they took advantage of the war to build support. Yet, most of the violence in Iraq is just civil war, not Al Qaeda )
Bush has forever linked the Iraq war with 9/11 and terrorism. He hoodwinked the electorate. And the US Congress didn't do proper oversight by voting for the war.
Now that we are there, we need to make the best of it so I don't think we can just immediately withdraw. But, it really sucks how we got into this mess.
This war is costing an incredible amount of money--At least $4000 for every person in the country. What improvements with education or health care could we do with that money? For 8 years, this country has stood still because of this damn war. (Except for the Patriot Act and domestic spying and Guantanamo Prison.)