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President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense would
not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons
of mass destruction if it were not true, and if they did not have
a solid basis for saying it." Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer
In light of
the revelation of former weapons inspector, David Kay, that there
were no weapons of mass destruction, the words of the White House
have an eerie, almost spectral quality: One wonders, "Did they
say that?" For those millions of Americans with a short memory,
let us reacquaint them:
On WMDs, Vice-President
Dick Cheney said, on Aug. 26, 2002:
stated, there's no doubt that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass
weeks later, National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleeza Rice announced
(Sept. 8, 2002):
Hussein is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon. We do know that
there have been shipments into Iraq of aluminum tubes that really
are only suited to nuclear weapons programs."
the irascible Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld announced (Sept.
has 'amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons,
including VX, sarin, and mustard gas."
And let us
not forget the Commander in Chief, His Highness, George Bush (Sept.
danger to our country is grave and growing. The Iraqi regime possesses
biological and chemical weapons, is rebuilding the facilities
to make more and, according to the British government, could launch
a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes."
The very next
day, the President took to the airwaves on his Saturday broadcast:
have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized
Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons the very
weapons the dictator tells us he does not have."
On the next
Monday in Cincinnati, the President announced strong evidence of
the Iraqi weapons programs:
also discovered through intelligence that Iraq has a growing fleet
of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to disperse
chemical or biological weapons across broad areas. We're concerned
that Iraq is exploring ways of using these UAVs for missions targeting
the United States. The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting
its nuclear weapons program. Satellite photographs reveal that
Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of
its nuclear program in the past. Facing clear evidence of peril,
*we cannot wait for the final proof* the smoking gun
that could *come in the form of a mushroom cloud.*"
Secretary of State Colin Powell made a dramatic presentation before
the UN Security Council (Feb. 5, '03):
can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and
the capability to produce many, many more. We have firsthand descriptions
of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails."
intelligence reports over the past decade, from sources in Iraq,
indicate that Saddam Hussein retains a covert force of up to a
few dozen Scud variant ballistic missiles."
conservative estimate is that Iraq today has *a stockpile of between
100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agents...* My colleagues,
every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources.
These are not assertions. *What we're giving you are facts and
conclusions based on solid intelligence.*"
was a war, and voila! everything changed. It became,
"Weapons? Who said anything about weapons?"
At his State
of the Union address, George the Lesser began to threaten any nations
that might have engaged in "weapons- related program activity."
The war has
cost the lives of over 10,000 people, most of them Iraqi noncombatants.
Over 500 Americans are dead.
Is the nation
really safer? Look at the recent spate of airplane groundings, and
it seems like it's just days after 9/11.
used the powerful poison of fear to 'let slip the dogs of war,'
and has wreaked havoc across the earth.
is not safer; neither is the world.
There is indeed
a 'weapon of mass destruction'; it's called the White House.
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