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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Slam Dunk was a Doughnut

posted by Jazz at 1/12/2005 09:12:00 AM


"Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in circumstances confronting him."
-- St. Thomas Aquinas

These are some words which, in a perfect world, George W. Bush would be reflecting on in a sober fashion after this news became public. Sadly, I believe that Vegas would give you slightly worse odds on that happening than the Miami Dolphins winning the Superbowl this year.
Search for Banned Arms in Iraq Ended Last Month The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at Langley. The CIA declined to authorize any official involved in the weapons search to speak on the record for this story. The intelligence official offered an authoritative account of the status of the hunt on the condition of anonymity. The agency did confirm that Duelfer is wrapping up his work and will not be replaced in Baghdad.
I realize that every pundit and their mothers are already commenting on this, but I couldn't let it pass without making a few observations. Every time some rabid, right wing Bushie tries to pull the usual revisionist history trick out of their hat, saying that "the weapons weren't the main reason we invaded" or "we're there to spread democracy", be sure to ask them one question in a loud, clear voice.

"If, in the spring of 2003, the President had told Congress that Saddam had no WMD's and was not an imminent threat to the United States and her allies, but asked for permission to invade Iraq to liberate its people and establish a democracy, how many congressmen would have voted to authorize the war?"

You just keep asking them that question over and over. Who knows? Some day a few of them may wake up and begin to "get it." That was all this war was ever about. It wasn't part of some greater "war on terror" and it certainly wasn't spread democracy over the Middle East like a ray of sunshine. We were told why we were invading their country and overthrowing their government, and the reason was pure, 100% horse hockey. The vast majority of the U.N. nations suspected it. They knew that it was too soon to invade when inspections and diplomatic measures might still have carried the day. That's why they opposed the war. They were right and Bush was wrong. END ... OF ... STORY.

Of course, the usual suspects over at Power Loons, Captain's Quarters, Michelle Malkin and the other bobbleheads will immediately screw their tinfoil hats on a bit tighter and insist that the WMDs were smuggled out to Syria at the last moment, or are hidden up some camel's rectum. (Oddly enough, they are all still silent on this story as of this posting.) It doesn't matter. This report is the beginning, middle, and end of the analysis. We screwed the pooch so badly the poor thing will never walk again.

Some other people from around the blogosphere are already taking this story apart nicely.

Atrios is a bit upset. "Bite me, warbloggers."

Kevin Drum adds in a bit of snark. "... And we've given up pretending to look."

Mary of Pacific Views has a long, well written analysis. "Now the only legitimate reason for the war (the only one that could prove that Iraq was an imminent threat) is null and void."

Next up, the Left Coaster digs a little deeper: "They even concluded that the Iraqi scientists who were though to have worked on WMD programs and have been in US custody since the fall of Saddam have in fact not worked on any Iraq WMD programs since 1991."

Jill has some rather scathing words for the Misinformer in Chief. (I know you're shocked.) "1,353 young American men and women are dead in the war that George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of the neocon posse said was necessary because Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. What sayeth thou now, George? Don?"

The Moderate Voice, as usual, has a good breakdown on the end to this long, sad story.
I'm sure there will be more, but that should get you started.