I was a very vocal opponent of this war, mostly because the argument for the war was never explained to me in any sort of logical way. If Saddam had WMDs, I wanted better proof than artistÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s renderings of mobile WMD manufacturing labs at the UN. Yeah, I know there was more involved than that, but still, could you honestly believe they showed that stuff?
Now Think Progress has put together an amazing breakdown of what Bush said and when he said it.
Here’s a taste:
Bush: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOur mission is clear in Iraq. Should we have to go in, our mission is very clear: disarmament.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? [3/6/03]
AFTER THE WAR BEGAN, THE MISSION EXPANDEDÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
Bush: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOur cause is just, the security of the nations we serve and the peace of the world. And our mission is clear, to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam HusseinÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? [3/22/03]
Bush: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOur forces have been given a clear mission: to end a regime that threatened its neighbors and the world with weapons of mass destruction and to free a people that had suffered far too long.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? [4/14/03]
THEN THE MISSION WAS COMPLETEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
Bush: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOn Thursday, I visited the USS Abraham Lincoln, now headed home after the longest carrier deployment in recent history. I delivered good news to the men and women who fought in the cause of freedom: Their mission is complete, and major combat operations in Iraq have ended..ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? [5/3/03]
I urge you to read the whole thing. Regardless of what you think about the war, we have to start getting honest about how the American people were sold the war in the first place.