Wednesday, April 12, 2006

More Evidence of NO WMDs in Iraq

The Bush administration knew they could never convince enough Americans to go to war against Iraq without some kind of danger to America. (The same situation is now being presented for Iran). Americans are weary of war for humanitarian reasons, much as that is laudable. There are very many examples of countries that sure could use intervention---The Sudan---which Americans hardly cry out for war. And much as Bush and his supporters changed the subject on Iraq to say that our mission there was really in actuality a humanitarian mission, ridding the world of an evil man, blah blah blah, they would never have gotten the support for such a costly war for that reason. Let's just be realistic. It's ironic, see, because realists tend normally to be conservatives.... In any case, the rationale used to bring the nation to war against Iraq was "the smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud." i.e. Weapons of Mass Destruction. They attempted to link Saddam to 9/11 (here and here), so that a supermajority of Americans actually believed that Saddam ordered the hijackers to destroy the Two Towers! One of the main points that Bush seized on when found after the war in 2003 were these supposed mobile bio-labs. A lot was made of these mobile labs. But if you think about it, that's it? that's what was such a big threat to America? two mobile labs? That was enough to start a war? well, it seems now that even this was not only wrong, but that the Administration knew about it BEFORE they even went public with it! Lacking Biolabs, Trailers Carried Case for War On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. and Kurdish troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile "biological laboratories." He declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true. So there were no WMDs in Iraq. They weren't somehow magically transported to Syria. Occam's Razor has a better answer. Perhaps the UN Inspectors actually cleaned up Iraq as they said they did.....

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