'The war has been unnecessary'

Jimmy Carter, Former U.S. president



Q: “But what about grave and gathering threat as President Bush has said?”

Carter: “That was a false statement. It was false to state that Saddam Hussein had a vast store of weapons of mass destruction or that Iraq was a direct threat to the security of the United States. The war has been unnecessary. And now I think we’ve reached a point in Iraq that it’s become a quagmire – very similar to what we experienced in Vietnam. There’s no real extrication for us to accomplish the goals that we had when we went in. I think a lot of the violence in Iraq now is directly attributable to the fact that U.S. forces are there. And there’s no clear concept at any early stage of when they will be withdrawn. I personally do not believe they’re going to be ready for the election in January. But I think we should go through the election and as soon as there’s some tangible semblance of a democratic government in Iraq, get us out of there.”

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