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June 22, 2006

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Good post Brendan. Just one thought though: Although the recently discovered weapons are not proof of an ongoing WMD program in the 1990s that the Bush administration claimed, they do show that Saddam Hussein was lying when he said all weapons had been destroyed, and it shows that years of on-again, off-again weapons inspections did not uncover these munitions. I suppose we are going to get this spin from Bush-backers to downplay the first lie.

Where this may not be a "We found the WMDs that would have been used if we didn't move on Hussein," they still violate the UN resolutions which also build the argument with the UN to go in. They should have been destroyed. Why weren't they if they're no good? And why weren't they found from the "exaustive" inspections by Blix and co. Hmmm. Something going on there.
This pile of weapons is kind of like a recently recovering drug addict who saves his "tools" for "just in case."
A poster on the blog I help with at My Spin Zone has some good points (and some Conservative leaning ones you mention).

Oh, and if these are missed, what else was missed by inspectors? What about those flooded underground bunkers that military fella talked about to the non MSM press?

Here's the link from the NYT on those WMD bunkers in Iraq discovered that the govt won't look at.

The puke funnel on this has extended even into the BattleStarGalactica board at SCIFI. Where if you point out any of the facts in this case, the conservative side of the debate begins to scream the usual and horrible things at you. Sigh.

The weapons they found were old and decayed ones from the Iran/Iraq War which were burried along the border between those two countries and then LOST. They were disclosed before congress by the ISG, and anyone can read the congressional testimony themselves.

Even the White House has stated that these are NOT the WMD or the associated program of which Bush spoke. The claims of WMD was based on a 2002 CIA report. Which after the ISG found in Iraq no evidence to report, the CIA retracted at lenght before Congress in 2004. And admitted at that point that they had no direct intelligence on Iraq after 1998. That's right, 1998. Their entire report was all rumor and conjecture, and the lies of an informant known as CURVEBALL they never directly interviewed.

How long will this spin continue?? How long will these Republicans keep trying to turn straw into gold?? Even the WHITE HOUSE won't back them up on this fairytale. Sigh.

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