Right-wing pundits have lately been sounding triumphant about Iraq. They claim that the recent election there vindicates Bush's decision to invade. Maybe the election really will help Iraqis have a better future - if there isn't a civil war between Shiites and Sunnis (most of whom didn't participate in the election).
But all this misses a very important point. Bush never asked the American people if they were willing to sacrifice thousands of Americans killed or seriously wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars to enable Iraqis to have an election. Instead, he misled them about weapons of mass destruction. And by repeatedly mentioning Saddam when talking about what happened on 9/11, he and his crew deliberately tried to make Americans believe there was a connection between the two. And it worked. Two years after 9/11 nearly 70 percent of Americans still believed that Saddam played a role in the attacks. This false belief generated public support for the invasion of Iraq.