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And the Excuses Keep on Coming

June 30th, 2003

It seems now that the excuses for why we aren’t finding WMD in Iraq are as varied as the falsified reasons for invading Iraq were before the invasion. In the months before we sent forces in, we heard that Hussein had massive stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and had reconstituted its atomic program; but now a massive, long-term search has brought up only a few empty trucks that even the U.S. State Dept. doesn’t think were for WMD production and a small cache of 12-year-old parts and plans for atomic production, which if anything show that the atomic program was not in fact reconstituted.

So what are the excuses? The weapons are still there, but hidden (said “massive stockpiles” must be damn well hidden to avoid any detection after this time); the Iraqi public and people involved are still so terrified of Hussein they won’t speak (right); the weapons were moved before/during the invasion (read: we may need justification for war against Syria); the weapons were destroyed before the invasion (how stupid is that? If they destroyed the WMD before the invasion, why not shout it to the world and avoid the invasion in the first place?); or the WMD were looted (every single last gas canister and document? And if so, why haven’t we found even the smallest part of these massive stockpiles in looter’s caches that have been found?).

How about this possibility: we were totally lied to.

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  1. June 30th, 2003 at 13:52 | #1

    Bush? Lie? Not a chance!

    He was advised by God, you know:

    “God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East.”

    There must be another explanation. God wouldn’t lie to Dubya!

  2. Luis
    June 30th, 2003 at 15:44 | #2

    Jeez, that’s scary. I mean, it is second-hand from the Palestinian PM, and maybe he colored the statement a bit, but unless he colored the statement A LOT, that is an extremely scary statement coming from a U.S. President.

    One wonders why the quote did not make news. Did the press even bother asking Bush’s press secretary about it? Had any other president before been quoted saying that God instructed him to attack a foreign country, there would have been a huge story in the press about it.

  3. June 30th, 2003 at 16:17 | #3

    Actually, it did appear in a sidebar article on the front page of yesterday’s issue of The Japan Times.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean that anyone in the States saw it…

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