This is ONE OF 5 responses to VC 17 John 16 ("A question")...
Obviously, it's no longer should we go to war, but should we have gone to war. For me, the answer is easy - NO. And not neccessarily because I'm opposed to war in generally.
In this particular case, we gain nothing from going to war with Iraq. Sure we may rid the world of the Butcher of Baghdad and take out his powerful military machine and nuclear and chemical capabilities, but we also take out a deterrent to Iran or Syria or whoever else might want to be the next bully on the block - and I think that the situation in the middle east is such that there will always (at least for the foreseeble future) be a bully on the block. So I don't think we gain by taking out the bully.
A war with Iraq takes our attention away from problems at home that require attention - our dependence on oil, an impending recession, etc.
We have to pay for the war. I can't imagine what our national debt will look like 5 years from now.
We reinforce our image of Yankee imperialists to those in the Middle East. As if we need to sully our image over there any more.
I just don't see any pluses.