Well JomZ you are right to ask, " Why is considering the options and taking into account the popular opinion on these issues a form of moral cowardice. " ??
You're right to bring up that point.
It is good to take into account all of the options
and take into account public opinion.
But at the time I think Bush was caught up in the
fervor of rejecting what he called shallow arguments.
In fact opposition to the war really did not gain
ground because of how it went about arguing its case
unfortunately. I wish the wiser ones who opposed
the war were able to drown out all of the dumber
ones making statements.
And Bush was caught up in the fervor of believing that
the status quo of Saddam in the Middle East
was only going to ferment more and more harm.
I only wished, to the consternation of my conservative
friends, that he had actually looked deeper into what
Senator Biden (Democrat senator from Delaware)
and John McCain (Republican senator from Arizona)
had said about the AFTERMATH of toppling Saddam.