I object, I don't believe you are thinking this thru. Saddam got his rear handed to him in 1991, he knows better than to invest in troops and equipment again, they got creamed. And we have spy satellites and he knows we can watch a military build up. So the fact that his army and military equipment is kaput has no bearing on anything. His entire thrust will be towards weapons of mass destruction now.
He will want a small mobile army that can deliver the goods, scuds, surface to air missiles, etc. It's what you would do if you were in his position and had not given up your ambitions. He learned from his mistakes, now he's taking another route. Or do you want to gamble that all those "palaces" hold is grandma's quilting b's?
So the fact that his army and military equipment is kaput has no bearing on anything.
Yes Paul gave us a non sequitor when asked a very important question.
It is very hard for any of us to imagine being in the position of Saddam Hussein, or any other head of state on either side.
But consider this.
What does Saddam Hussein, or for that matter the Saudis or the Kuwaitis or the other Emirates along the Persian Gulf covet that we have? Our freedom of worship? Our pool of skilled labor? Our weapons of mass destruction, possibly, but not much else.
Just out dollars, so they can continue to live the good life until the wells run dry.
Now, what do Americans covet in that region of the Middle East? Their crime-free cities (made that way by strict enforcement of Islamic Law, outside Iraq)? Their government-provided health-care? Their cuisine?
None of the above -- it's their oil. For all most of us care, the whole Arab population could go poof! and as long as the oil kept flowing everything is A-OK.
Is it in Saddam Hussein's best interest to damage the United States, a major source of his oil revenue as well as, once the embargo is lifted, food and medicine for his population? Of course not. He's a materialist through and through, not a religious extremist like members of Al Qaeda. He likes palaces, pretty girls, western booze and all that too much to go out in a blaze of radiation, which he knows would be the outcome if the scenario you and others imagine were to ever unfold.
There have been plenty of other bad guys since the end of WWII who have been dealt with, usually being deposed by their own people.
Hussein is just not the threat to our country he's made out to be. We have many other potential enemies with not only the will, but the means, that deserve more attention.
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