Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Iraqi Survey Group stops looking for illicit weapons in Iraq

Do you think this means that Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby, et al., will ever publicly admit that there aren't any WMD in Iraq - and that there weren't at the time we invaded?
Search for Illicit Weapons in Iraq Ends

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 - The top American weapons inspector in Iraq, Charles A. Duelfer, has wrapped up his work there, a step that ends the search for illicit weapons, an intelligence official said Tuesday night.

Mr. Duelfer issued a comprehensive report last fall that acknowledged that Iraq had destroyed its chemical and biological weapons in the early 1990's, years before the American invasion of 2003. But Mr. Duelfer returned to Iraq for further investigations after that report was issued. In an article in its Wednesday issue, The Washington Post reported that he had ended that work in late December.

The intelligence official said that Mr. Duelfer was still likely to issue several small additional statements on his findings, but that none would contradict the central conclusions that Iraq did not possess illicit weapons at the time of the American invasion.

President Bush and his top advisers had described what they said were illicit Iraqi arsenals as the central justification for going to war.

Mr. Duelfer, an adviser to the director of central intelligence, had overseen the work of the Iraq Survey Group, a 1,200-member military organization that carried out the work of searching for weapons, interviewing Iraqi officials and drawing up assessments.

That team remains in Iraq, but the main focus of its work shifted several months ago to efforts to combat the anti-American insurgency there.
(Emphasis above mine.)

Do you also think the shockingly large percentage of Americans who think there were WMD in Iraq at the time we invaded - and who think that largely because Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby, et al., lied to the world repeatedly and shamelessly that there were WMD in Iraq - will ever realize that they were lied to? Will the press ever take notice of how they were used? And that the pre-war critics and skeptics have turned out to be almost 100% correct in their criticism and skepticism?

Writes Harold Meyerson in today's Washington Post (via Brad DeLong):
The fabricated crisis is the hallmark of the Bush presidency. To attain goals that he had set for himself before he took office -- the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the privatization of Social Security -- he concocted crises where there were none. So Iraq became a clear and present danger to American hearths and homes, bristling with weapons of mass destruction, a nuclear attack just waiting to happen.
How many have died or been horribly wounded and injured - how may Iraqis have been slaughtered and tortured - how many homes destroyed and businesses ruined - for this lie? How many Americans have been sneered at and derided, labeled sympathizers of Saddam Hussein and soft on terror, for their opposition to this needless, finagled war?

How many Muslims around the world have been radicalized to hate us because of what we've done? How many non-Muslims? How many former friends?

And all for a lie.
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