The attacks, the object of extensive media coverage, sparked widespread fear and outrage throughout the United States and the world, and led to then-President George W. Bush declaring a "War on Terror." The United States and British forces launched retaliatory attacks on Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, after the country's Taliban government refused U.S. demands to surrender terrorists training within the country. That operation was followed by the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 after the governments of the United States and Great Britain asserted Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction that threatened their security and those of their European and regional allies. Some government officials also accused Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of harboring and supporting al-Qaeda terrorists. I strongly support the invasion of Iraq because sooner or later the U.S. was going to have to deal with an “out-of-control” Saddam Hussein. This was a good time!