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Bush didn’t mislead

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I've been a little baffled by all the people who feel like the Bush administration misled the nation about a connection between Saddam Hussein and Sept. 11. I feel like I've followed the issues very closely over the years, and I never once got the impression from the government or media that Saddam was likely involved in the attacks.

Why the beef all of the sudden? Is it because people are surprised that you can't build a democracy out of despotism in a few months' time? The only real surprise since 9/11 is the lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which does raise valid questions.

But there's a lot that can be accomplished in Iraq. Bush rightly said two years ago we would need focus, vision, time and more time. The mass media seem generally uninterested in anything but bombs and explosions, but if you look hard you will also find reports of good things happening in Iraq. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Brandon Shaffer