President George W. Bush defended the war in Iraq, telling Americans the United States was forced into war because of the September 11 terror strikes.
So, because a bunch of *Saudis* working for Osama bin Laden flew planes into the WTC and Pentagon, we should invade *Iraq*.
Hey! My neighbor pissed me off, I think I'll beat up *this guy on the streetcorner over here* instead.
Now, there *is* a causal relationship here. It's just not the one the President is claiming.
A bunch of terrorists, mostly Saudi, no Iraqis, attack us.
Osama bin Laden claims responsibility.
Bush says, hey, I could work up some serious political capital with the right war. But Afghanistan -- where OBL is -- is too rinky-dinky, I need something with a little more oomph. And I've always been mad at Saddam.
US invades Afghanistan.
US invades Iraq.