John Edwards is lending his voice to the chorus, also known as the “I Would Have Voted Differently” group, vocalizing condemnation of going to war in Iraq.

The argument for going to war with Iraq was based on intelligence that we now know was inaccurate. The information the American people were hearing from the president — and that I was being given by our intelligence community — wasn’t the whole story. Had I known this at the time, I never would have voted for this war.

George Bush won’t accept responsibility for his mistakes. Along with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, he has made horrible mistakes at almost every step: failed diplomacy; not going in with enough troops; not giving our forces the equipment they need; not having a plan for peace.

Because of these failures, Iraq is a mess and has become a far greater threat than it ever was. It is now a haven for terrorists, and our presence there is draining the goodwill our country once enjoyed, diminishing our global standing. It has made fighting the global war against terrorist organizations more difficult, not less.

Yes, Mr. Edwards, Iraq was such a peaceful, non-threatening nation under Saddam Hussein.

The Iraqi people were certainly enjoying numerous personal freedoms prior to Hussein’s removal from power – weren’t they?

It would be easier to take these “mea copa” type messages more seriously if there were at least some acknowlegement of what the drivers were at the time the decision was made to go to war, as well as mention of the gains that have been made by the Iraqi people as a result of this action.

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