A recent letter printed on this page misconstrued the point of criticism of the Bush administration's Iraq policy. Yes, the infrastructure of Iraq is in a terrible state as a result of decades of neglect. Yes, the reconstruction will cost many billions of dollars. At this point, there's no backing out. Otherwise our soldiers will have died in vain. The question is whether the decisions that brought us to this point are worthy of the trust we place in our leaders.
Was it wise to undertake this ambitious project in such a hurry, to put our troops at risk without the support of the international community, at the sole expense of the American taxpayer, and without a game plan for the long haul? The justification given was that we couldn't wait for the "mushroom cloud" that might appear in one of our cities at any time. In retrospect, the danger (at least from Saddam) was not as urgent as we were led to believe.