Re: Think before you answer these questions
1. Is the fact that Saddam Hussein is gone a good thing?
2.Was it a good thing that we did it,or a bad thing?
And if it is bad that we did it,who would you rather have seen do it?
Let me throw my hat in the ring with a (relatively) brief response:
Yes. Saddam no longer in power in Iraq is a good thing. He was a terrible person. He killed dissidents. He was a dictator. He invaded a country not too many years ago. I am not wishing his return
No. It was not a good thing, what we did. If your going to remove the source of power from a country, you should have a solid backup plan. It is plainly obvious that we would win, and it seems the administration was planning for a victory parade instead of a solid leader to take control once Saddam was gone.
Now, there is a vacuum of power, terrorists are streaming into the country (who would not be there if Saddam was still present...he didn't support Al Quaida, no matter how badly the administration wants to believe it), and the people are getting angry. Sadly, Bush is in panic mode, with elections only a year away, and he wants to find the prettiest way to cut and run. We will leave the Iraqis with no true leader. Someone who we DON'T want in power is going to come in, lead the people and cause problems for us down the line.
Onto the last question. There were a few options we could have pursued. Obviously Iraq was not posing a threat to anyone, and the sanctions were crippling his country. Case in point, someone I know just came back from the war and laughed when he spoke of how in one battle, roughly 10 of our tanks completely destroyed over 50 or their's. After the battle, they looked closer and saw why: The Iraqi's tanks were outdated by about 40 years. They didn't stand a chance.
So what could we have done?
We could have kept sanctions, we could have opted to use a "carrot"
approach and offered to lift certain aspects of the sanctions under certain conditions, we could have waited until more proof of his "iminent danger" was established, we could have waited until we had more of the worlds backing before military action was considered and worked with them together on a post war plan, we could have been more generous to projects in Iraq after the war, instead of hoarding it all to ourselves afterward (not we're in trouble). There were plently of things that we could have / should have / didn't do.