Well the U.S. isn't supposed to be the world's policeman, but we are, at least someone is keeping an eye on things, you can't just kick back and leave some of these people to their own devices, because given the power, many of these people would destroy the entire western world. As for the weapons of mass destruction, i'm not saying it justifies going into Iraq (ALthough ousting dictator who is nothing but Hitler, except less powerful does) but the idea there is that superpowers like the U.S., France, England and so on have the judgement to wield these weapons, and are stable enough that they would never be used unless absolutely necessary. You don't want Commander Whacko from some third world country getting ahold of a handful of nukes, because he can lob them at who he chooses and run away or hide, such as in the case of Al Qaeda if they ever got ahold such weapons. Saddam Hussein is a bloodthirsty tyrant, and not the kind of guy you want having that kind of power of the international community. Of course, now that it turns out there AREN'T any WMD in Iraq, the whole thing seems like quite a burn, but, all the Iraqis, present and future, will benefit from the United States actions. They will have schools, democratically elected leaders, a free economy and so on, and not have to live in fear all their lives. In America, or any free nation, you can bad mouth the coutnry, its leaders and everything else, but you won't be shot. I think the fact of the matter is that we are heading towards a one-world government, and mopping up North Korea and Iraq and other rogue states is part of it. And really, if America wasn't the world's strongest country, who would you prefer? China? Russia? I mean, come on. Someone has to be the strongest, and we're all damn lucky it's a nation like America, and not some conquest crazed, human rights trampling country.