That is the nature of the presidency. Perceptions are shaped by the clarity of hindsight. In the moment of decision, you don’t have that advantage.
Note: I bet Obama would agree with this observation by his predecessor in Decision Points:
The only logical conclusion was that he had something to hide, something so important that he was willing to go to war for it.
Note: I can imagine a few other possible explanations...
If Saddam defies the world and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future. Saddam will strike again at his neighbors. He will make war on his own people. And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them.
Note: Strong words about Saddam's threat from Bill Clinton.
From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
Note: Including Pakistan?