Check out Powell’s nonverbal statement in his New York Times interview:
Asked whether Americans would have supported this war if weapons of mass destruction had not been at issue, Mr. Powell said the question was too hypothetical to answer. Asked if he, personally, would have supported it, he smiled, thrust his hand out and said, “It was good to meet you.”
I think that sums up the feelings of many hawks who supported the invasion of Iraq. I, for one, believe there had to eventually be a confrontation with Saddam Hussein, and that we could not have allowed the sore of Iraq to fester indefinitely.
But the war, as Wes Clark says, was elective surgery. And without the core argument that Hussein’s WMD posed a threat to the United States, Powell wouldn’t have supported it. I wouldn’t have supported it. And with a full, honest assessment of the costs we’d have to bear for that invasion, the majority of the American people wouldn’t have supported it, either.