Thursday, January 13, 2005

It's Official, No WMDs in Iraq

Well, the search for WMDs has wrapped up in Iraq. They found nothing. No one's been held accountable. Of course, it never really was about WMD anyway. Scott McClellen said that knowing what they know now, they still would have invaded. Of course, we knew that the neo-cons had a hard-on for Iraq since the end of the first Gulf War. I started this blog with the intention of making humorous observations, but it's been pretty serious lately. Here's an AP article juxtaposing what the administration said then, and what they're saying now:
Bush administration comments on WMDs

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Statements by the Bush administration before and after the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 on Saddam Hussein's weapons programs:

BEFORE THE WAR

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." - Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002.

"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Sept. 8, 2002.

"After 11 years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more." - President Bush, Oct. 7, 2002.

"Saddam Hussein is a man who told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass destruction, but he's got them." - Bush, Nov. 3, 2002.

"The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction pose to the world." - Secretary of State Colin Powell, Feb. 5, 2003.
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AFTER THE WAR

"Although we have not found stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, we were right to go into Iraq. ... We removed a declared enemy of America who had the capability of producing weapons of mass murder." - Bush, July 12, 2004.

"We got it wrong. We have seen nothing to suggest that he had actual stockpiles." - Powell, Oct. 1, 2004.

"We were all unhappy that the intelligence was not as good as we had thought that it was. But the essential judgment was absolutely right. Saddam Hussein was a threat." - Rice, Oct. 3, 2004.

"It turns out that we have not found weapons of mass destruction. Why the intelligence proved wrong I'm not in a position to say, but the world is a lot better off with Saddam Hussein in jail." - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Oct. 4, 2004.

"He retained the knowledge, the materials, the means and the intent to produce weapons of mass destruction and he could have passed that knowledge on to our terrorist enemies." - Bush, Oct. 7, 2004.

"Based on what we know today, the president would have taken the same action because this is about protecting the American people." - White House press secretary Scott McClellan, on Wednesday.

Adam Felber over at Fanatical Apathy has a funny post about what Bush might have said then, if he knew then what he knows now.
The Poor Man has a chart showing how CBS has held its staff more accountable over Rathergate (which didn't kill anybody) than the White House has over the Iraq debacle.

6 Comments:

Blogger WildWriter said...

I can't believe people don't make a big deal about this. We've been lied to and no one seems to care...It's just sad. :o(

WW
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1:14 PM  
Blogger dAVE said...

Damn Right! One thing's for sure, over the next four years people are really going to regret putting this guy back in office.

1:56 PM  
Blogger frstlymil said...

Okay, can someone explain to me how our president committing treason is not an impeachable offense - can someone explain that - Definition of Treason:

1. Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
2. A betrayal of trust or confidence.

2:34 PM  
Blogger birdwoman said...

While I agree that there should be something done about the whole bad-intelligence thing, I don't think now is the time to get into the whole WMD debate. We have thousands of soldiers over there, and an entire country torn apart. We can wail and gnash teeth, or we can finish what we (misguidedly?) started.

Our soldiers and the Iraqi people deserve better than to have the attention drawn from the upcoming election by a WMD argument. IMO, anyway

(*)>

5:10 PM  
Blogger dAVE said...

Okay, so the fact that we're over there because of lies (don't give me that "faulty intelligence" crap either) is moot? No one should be held accountable? Honest mistake?

Christ, we're not even getting an "oops, my bad" out of these guys.

And if you really believe that we're really there to bring democracy to an oppressed people, you've got to some learning to do.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Cori said...

No one else should die.

9:42 PM  

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