Remember the pre-war days when liberals crooned that war was the wrong option, and that the US should follow the lead of Russia and France in pursuing diplomacy. Well, now that the Oil For Food program investigation is over, it turns out that, surprise surprise, companies in those countries, as well as many more, were getting fat violating UN sanctions and enriching Saddam's pockets.
On The McLaughlin Group on PBS yesterday, Eleanor Clift crooned about how the Bush administration lied about WMDs and implied we shouldn't have got rid of Saddam. This was a thug who tortured his people, invaded another country and then subverted a sanctions program, but don't count on leftist idiots to value all that. It was left to Mort Zuckerman to point out that every major intelligence agency in the world thought Iraq had WMDs, and indeed so did the Clinton administration.
Listen, it's tough stuff out there in Iraq, and there are innumerable risks, but in the end, I think it's the right signal that Bush gave that America will stand on the side of freedom. This is a sea change for a country that has often failed its role by supporting autocratic governments, and it is refreshing to see that the world's only superpower realize its responsibilites beyond its self-interest.