Well, to be fair the congressional authorization for war stated that war would be used as a last option to enforce U.N. regulations, and If i remeber correctly came about very early on, before Iraq replaced Afghanistan in the headlines. And I think Kerry summed it up best when he said: "I voted for it, yes, because I believed I was doing what was right for my country. I had no idea bush would fuck it up as bad as he did, I don't think anyone did."* Now, I really resent the opinion that saddam was connected to 9-11, which you imply. The basic connection (as i understand it correct me if I am wrong) is that 9-11 taught us that we should not wait for the terrorists to strike us before we strike them. Problem here being that there were almost no terrorists in Iraq before we invaded, now they are the biggest import.