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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Those phantom WMD

Tonight while I was on the treadmill I caught a bit of Secretary of State Colin Powell being interviewed by Jim Lehrer on PBS's News Hour. Naturally, Lehrer got around to asking Mr. Powell;

Yesterday, the White House officially confirmed that the two-year hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is now over. Do you now regret your own role in making the case for war based on the weapons of mass destruction argument?

I'm not going to bore you, as I was bored, by Mr. Powell's answer. We've all heard it before. He dryly explained that he regrets that the world intelligence community got it wrong and blah, blah, blah. If my account seems inadequate to you, then by all means read the word for word transcript in the above link.

Can somebody please explain to me why a dignitary like Colin Powell and every other official lamely apologize for the lack of stockpiles of WMD in Iraq? I was paying attention to the events that led up to the liberation of Iraq just as much as these people and I clearly recall that the world gave Saddam Hussein at least three months to hide his weapons in the ground or to spirit them across borders to Syria and Lebanon. The evidence of Saddam's weaponry was overwhelming and we know he had them in the past because he used them on the Kurds.
Furthermore, Saddam was clearly in violation of the UN's resolution 1441, as sarin and mustard gases were found in Iraq after the liberation.

The assertion that there were no WMD found in Iraq is inaccurate. The dismissal of the notion that these deadly weapons were hidden or dispersed elsewhere is unreasonable.

If you see your dad buy a girly magazine at the corner store and then later you can't find it hidden in his sox drawer, does it mean that he never bought the 'zine?

Of course not.


  • At 11:04 PM, Blogger R-Five said…

    Isn't it simpler than that? How is it we now know "there are no WMD"? Because we went in and looked. Prior to invasion, it was the world's consensus that Iraq had them. Even Saddam thought so.

    If we hadn't gone in, Saddam would still be in power and everyone would think he had WMD.

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    If the tyrant were still in power today there never would have been any cause to hide the WMD he most certainly had (as documented by Colin Powell for the UN). If the tyrant were still in power today international terrorists (including al Qaeda) would still be operating with impugnity and potentially planning their WMD attack upon America, the Great Satan.


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