Mr. K-- ,
You are assuming that what happened was someone who accelerated immediately after a light changed. You can be cited for accelerating too hard even if you wait 5 seconds after the light changes. And the reason it was a warning was probably because the cop didn't feel like writing a ticket, nothing else. Accelerating too hard can be a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense.
Actually JPWhite, many states have laws against "demonstration of speed" and "breaking traction". In Colorado it is called "speed exhibition" (CRS 42-4-1105). It states in part, ""Speed exhibition" includes, but is not limited to, squealing the tires of a motor vehicle while it is stationary or in motion, rapid acceleration, ... ."
"Why were UN Inspectors allowed into Iraq to destroy WMDs "up until a short time before the war" started? Why did the US start the war when Iraq was cooperating in destroying their WMDs?"
Iraq was not being cooperative. At first they put on good show, but numerous previously tagged items were missing. They were trying to do just enough to make it look like they were cooperating. And they were only doing that because they were afraid we might attack.
"Saddam Hussein capitulated to every American demand for UN inspections and access"
We can rehash the entire chain of events leading up to the war and assign political motives all we want, but the bottom line is that Max Clow's statement that there were"no WMD" is blatantly false. Period,end of statement, do not pass Go and do not collect$200, full stop, the end.
Look at the UN Inspector's reports. There are reports of them destroying mustard agent right up until a short period before the war. Also note that there were 550 chemical munitions, primarily artillery shells, missing that had been previously tagged. At least two of these later showed up in IEDs and caused great concern among the ground troops and several troops showed signs of nerve agent after an IED made from an artillery shell of binary Sarin went off and had to use their Atropine auto-injectors -- this was even reported in the news. Luckily the Sarin either failed to mix properly (it was designed to use the spinning of the projectile in flight to mix the chemicals) or the chemicals had degraded so much that it was not nearly as lethal as it could have been. Most of the 550 munitions were eventually found, long after the invasion.
"We regret the oversimplification." -- CSIndy
The difference between being allowed to separate vs retiring is not an "oversimplification", it is a gross mistake. For as long as Pam Zubek has been reporting on things in a location with a large military presence, one would expect that she would not make such gaffes, especially not after having been called out for several such errors when she worked at the Gazette. And yet, here we are.
"Saddam Hussein had no, and desired no, quarrel with the U.S. They had no WMDs" -- Max Clow
Hold your horses there, Max. You are incorrect about the WMDs. They had WMDs. The UN inspectors were even destroying WMDs until just a few days before the war. And many WMD munitions that were there before and had been previously tagged were indeed missing.
This often repeated claim that there were no WMDs is blatantly false.
What they might not have had were the new programs that were touted by various nation's intelligence sources, though some still think there were some such items and that they were secretly shipped to Syria. It turns out that many of the programs that the intelligence services of several countries were pointing to were actually fake and done to make Iraq look stronger than it was to Iran.
As for the power vacuum, it wasn't so much a power vacuum as a military unpreparedness that allowed ISIS to gain a foothold. This would not have happened had a new SOFA been finalized with the US.
For firearm safety, most anyone can teach you. If you want to learn about self-defense, Whistling Pines is very good, though there are many others around town as well.
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