Thursday, October 07, 2004

Bush & Cheney Concede -- No WMD

Wow. It was like pulling teeth, but they finally admitted what the rest of us have known for a long time -- no WMD in Iraq.

I guess they really had no choice after the report released yesterday by US weapons hunter Charles Duelfer that concluded that Saddam had become a "diminishing threat" and that he "not only had no weapons of mass destruction and had not made any since 1991, but that he had no capability of making any either."

As an aletrnate excuse for the invasion, the administration has apparently settled on the fact that Saddam was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program. But if we invaded every country that thumbs its nose at the UN, we would have gone into Israel long ago.

John Kerry responded immediately, saying "You don't make up or find reasons to go to war after the fact. "

We'll give the final word to Howard Fineman of Newsweek in this great article titled "George Bush Is Beginning To Sound Desperate":

As things now stand, Bush is left with only one argument and justification for having launched a war that has cost 1,000 lives, $150 billion and whatever goodwill America had won in the aftermath of 9/11. His last-resort reason: Saddam Hussein might have developed weapons that he might have given to terrorists that might attack the United States. And even that reasoning is undermined by the new report of the Iraq Survey Group, which says that Saddam's capacities, whatever they might have been, were withering, not "gathering," under the weight of inspections.


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