Was the war in Iraq worth it?
'The Five' weigh in on 10-year anniversary
- Duration 6:42
- Date Mar 19, 2013
'The Five' weigh in on 10-year anniversary
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If -- fellow citizens.
At this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations.
To disarm Iraq to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger we will defend our freedom.
We will bring freedom to others.
And we will prevail.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- What's going on over there and it's all right today is he tenth anniversary of the Iraq War and all over the net -- you here.
What did we learn the media likes to say no more Vietnam's but when there's a war.
It's always in Vietnam to Dan it's the David Goliath narrative they can't shake but the problem of Iraq we won.
It wasn't pretty and you can question the cost definitely but we won.
And the media Smith.
Yes I'm ready for the lecture about how moral the war was and how you knew that WMD's -- -- And it was really about oil and enriching the defense industry and how unlike every other major policy may.
In the world you didn't fall for it thanks -- I guess it's it's better to -- there on -- round in which things were different.
But I'll take this victory in Iraq over humiliation and been Ghazi any day.
And remember nearly everyone thought there were WMD's a notion Saddam let lie.
How different was that suspicion really from the current concerns in Iran as for the Iraqi People the WMD.
Was Hussein himself.
Why we left in there and 91 who the hell knows.
I just heard someone say the war was a blot on our combat history held though the -- show that when you decide to win you win.
I don't needed American -- media to -- their navel gazing bell.
Especially when things actually turned out better.
This anniversaries for the troops and go to benefited from their bravery.
Honor those lost and for those alive shake their hands -- great job because it was.
-- T do you think the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.
I do I do think -- is a -- that needed to be taken out because the evidence we had at the time show that he was a threat.
That is my view on how we should intervene in these other countries I think that there's a belief that when the US military takes action.
We have an obligation to do more than just destroy the regime that's threatening us and we've always had this since the Marshall plan right.
We did it in Europe however I think that Greg this is very very different and I think that when we have an enemy.
We -- when we take them out.
No morale building no democracy promotion I think we're dealing with a very different society I didn't see.
Paul Revere on a horse and to -- square.
And I think we lost a lot of blood pressure -- necessarily after we could have taken him out and got.
Bob is that with the story which was 91.
I mean if if that was always going to be the mistake.
I don't think he you know was a lot like -- there and we went to let down occurred.
And we let down -- yet but that but a lot of arguments about -- you know Colin Powell said George H.
Bush if you gonna go up that highway.
And you're gonna have to take control this country and we were not prepared do that didn't have the people that do were not prepared do and I was right there -- -- made the right call.
But and the other thing we got to keep in mind hears -- talk about the media let's remember that most of the media mainstream media that you keep talking about here.
We were behind the war in Iraq when it started.
In fact we -- they were embedded.
Reporters and all these different troops their point -- these troops but.
Oh that was our transparency.
That was and to get them behind the -- -- -- that they can handle them but what I'm saying is from lake got there they did there was a lot of -- very few people who are against the war in the press environment right.
It right at the beginning right it's beginning now it changes time on the law.
The issue as far as I'm concerned as I was -- of the war beginning Ambrose -- the region.
Our many I wouldn't get into the just suggested that and the people who were wounded.
But I think the -- -- of Iran.
Is the single biggest fall out of this and Saddam Hussein whatever you thought about him never would have allowed Iran to have nuclear weapon -- -- think to.
I think it could be looked at that way or from the other way which is.
What if Saddam Hussein who had used chemical weapons in the past you had.
That designs and plans to make a nuclear weapon.
That -- that the arms race would actually be much more intense right now if he if he were in power and -- -- -- would be even more unstable.
And it is to what do you think about the Intel.
Playing a role in this.
I went back and read President Bush's chapter on this today and -- -- -- interest in America that they there's a paragraph where he describes.
When they found out that the information that the CIA had provided was wrong -- that he decided right then and there he was never going to blame them.
But he was gonna try to find out how they could make it.
Prevent it from happening -- and that's how they cut the nonpartisan Chuck Robb commission.
And I think that the country is better off for -- interestingly on the seventeen UN resolutions that we're in front of that were questioned Saddam Hussein.
At an on the last resolution it was a vote of fifteen to zero in the National Security Council.
Russia China and Syria all voted.
With -- so it wasn't as if there was a Republican idea was that the world thought -- -- -- -- -- -- kind of you can't get that you can't get that cooperation now.
-- -- -- Well let's let's talk about what happened that that that's remember that Saddam Hussein aligns its troops here you know he took the border of Kuwait he was gonna go into Kuwait so it's not like there's been speculation whether he's a bad guy and he was a bad guy that and we went -- -- -- what.
No he didn't go into Kuwait he lined them up and then we went -- -- desert storm it stopped and he let the Kuwaiti oil fields on fire but he he never.
Actually go into quit trying to take that the country -- he never got the right side -- it all feels a part.
The point being.
We had to take Saddam Hussein now we have just been punched in the face -- 9/11 Iraq -- Afghanistan war was starting up we had.
To do we did I think was the smartest thing -- pushed it he restored -- It's in America -- -- up front manatees.
Qaddafi six days after Saddam Hussein was captured in the spider hole by US troops.
Qaddafi gave up his chemical and nuclear weapons plant publicly -- -- very -- Good to get its equate those through the stories about adopting babies out of the committees and all that nobody at what happened was he they had him on the border in the oil fields on the border he was gonna take the oil fields first he couldn't take -- -- -- the month of kidney -- leading source -- -- What a great guy that was boy when that those -- As of the day but I don't I don't get it right you're right you're wrong that could go with a guy I would within though that the the guy with the government who was -- -- that the police spokesman -- O'Grady the Kuwaiti.
Guy with the big tank don't look like patent parent -- yes -- ahead.