The AP news service has admitted that U.N. sanctions against Saddam Hussein were not working:
Interviews with dozens of former and current Iraqi officials by congressional investigators have produced new evidence that Saddam Hussein micromanaged business deals under the U.N. oil-for-food program to maximize political influence with important foreign governments like Russia and neighboring Arab states.
This proves that the “we rushed to war” crowd is out of touch. Sanctions were supposed to help depose Hussein. Not only were the sanctions not working, they were having the opposite of their intended effect. The sanctions were keeping Hussein in power and expanding his influence.
Relying on U.N. diplomacy to protect the United States will only encourage threats to grow. Yet this is what John Kerry is advocating in his run for president.