blogenlust
10.06.2004

Breaking News!


File this under No Shit:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government will release a report saying Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) had no weapons of mass destruction or concrete plans to make them, reports said, but President George W. Bush (news - web sites) remained unrepentant over the 2003 invasion of Iraq (news - web sites). Charles Duelfer, the chief US weapons inspector in Iraq, has produced a 1,000-page report which says Saddam, who was ousted after a US-led invasion, had the desire but not the means to produce biological, chemical and nuclear arms, The Washington Post reported, quoting US officials. The report, to be released about 1830 GMT, would be a new blow to US administration efforts to justify the invasion, which has been made into a central theme of the presidential election race by Democratic contender John Kerry (news - web sites).
So we invaded a country with no ties to 9/11, stretched our military to its breaking point, and in the process, lost over 1,000 men and women (and, to follow Dick Cheney, I won't forget about the tens of thousands of Iraqis that have have lost their lives, too)all because Saddam Hussein had the DESIRE to develop WMD. He didn't even have the means...just the desire. Unfuckingbelievable. Do you know how many countries in the world have the desire to own nuclear weapons?? Just about every single one of them. Not surprisingly, the President is unrepentant:
Without mentioning the report, he said at an election speech in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, there was a "real risk" that Saddam would give weapons of mass destruction to terrorists. "After September 11, America had to assess every potential threat in a new light," Bush said. "We had to take a hard look at every place where terrorists might get those weapons and one regime stood out: the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. "We knew the dictator had a history of using weapons of mass destruction, a long record of aggression and hatred for America. He was listed by Republican and Democrat administrations as a state sponsor of terrorists. "There was a risk, a real risk, that Saddam Hussein would pass weapons or materials or information to terrorist networks. In the world after September 11, that was a risk we could not afford to take."
You maybe wowed at the President's remarkable consistency in the face of reality, but remember that the decision to go into Iraq has now been shown to be a colossal miscalculation, to put it nicely, that has left our military (and thus, our ability to defend ourselves from real threats) with its hands tied behind its back. We are absolutely not safer now than we were at the beginning of March 2003, and Bush should be held responsible for that.