On Jan. 9, Russell Fette submitted to you a feeble and factually false attempt to justify our unjustified invasion of Iraq. Yes Hussein committed crimes against his people and his neighbors, and he was in violation of United Nation resolutions. If the world powers placed any great significance on the U.N. resolutions Hussein was violating, then our invasion would have been a joint operation, it was not, we went in alone. Before our invasion, Hussein and his minority Sunnis ruled Iraq. After we removed Hussein, the majority Shiite became the governmental power and the country is much worse off today than it was under Hussein. Sectarian violence in Iraq is now a daily occurrence. Any attempt to blame Obama for the current chaos is naive and disingenuous.
Mr. Fette goes on to claim WMD were found in Iraq in the form of “dirty bombs.” We did find some ancient chemical bombs. He then states that President Bush acted on the “probability” that Hussein would use his WMD, “dirty bombs,” with terrorist groups against Americans. That belief is a long stretch and if it justified invading Iraq then we should have invaded Iran and North Korea long ago. Fette then further attempts to vindicate his feeble invasion theories by comparing our dead in Iraq of 4,500 with the American dead on D-Day, which he puts at 29,000, a gross exaggeration. The American dead on D-Day were a grievous 2,400, but that is far from 29,000.
Lee R. Pitzer, O’Fallon