Koppel: Why Did U.S. Invade Iraq?

W A S H I N G T O N, August 26, 2003 -- Words matter. Words uttered in an official capacity by the president of the United States matter more than most.

Was the president in fact led to believe, in March of this year, that Iraq possessed and had concealed some of the most lethal weapons ever devised? If so, each passing month without evidence of those weapons suggests the possibility of a monumental intelligence failure.

If not, it was a dangerous deception.

Either way, with U.S. servicemen being killed in Iraq almost daily, and with terrorism at least as much a part of a global problem as it has ever been, it seems fair to ask again: Why was it so urgent that the United States invade Iraq when it did?

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