Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004


One Year Later...

A year ago this week, I had a poll on my website: “Who is the biggest threat to us? Osama, Saddam, or Kim Jung Il?”

The poll voters chose the North Korean president. Osama was second, and Saddam finished in third place. That was a couple of months before we attacked Iraq in March.

A year ago, a lot of people didn't believe Saddam Hussein was enough of a threat to warrant a war. But we went. Remember being advised to get plastic and duct tape, to seal off your home during a terrorist attack?

Across the past year, almost 500 dead in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We have won, of course. What we have won isn't clear. It is too early to tell what the results of this war will turn out to be.

In that poll a year ago, our voters downplayed Saddam's danger. As things played out, he didn't put up a fight at all. You were right about him being not much of a threat.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


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