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On the defensive over the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Bush administration officials increasingly argue that the U.S.-led war was justified because it toppled the despotic regime of Saddam Hussein and paved the way for a new era of peace and stability in the Middle East.
But the violence and strife roiling U.S.-occupied Iraq, including a vehicle bombing Thursday that killed at least 11 people in Baghdad, is emboldening critics who maintain the White House overstated its primary case for war: that Iraq posed a direct and immediate threat to the United States.
There still is no clear-cut, concrete evidence that Hussein had ready-to-use chemical or biological weapons, a functioning nuclear weapons program, or direct ties to Al Qaeda, as President Bush and his lieutenants have said repeatedly since last summer.
Among other challenged allegations: that the Hussein regime had acquired aluminum tubes intended for the production of nuclear weapons; that it had functioning mobile labs to make chemical or biological weapons; that it had developed unmanned aerial vehicles capable of threatening the United States with such weapons; that it had stockpiled thousands of warheads suitable for chemical warfare; that it had built long-range ballistic missiles, and that it had direct ties to Al Qaeda and a willingness to provide weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups.
"The misleading statement about African uranium is not an isolated issue," Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the senior Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said recently. "There is a significant amount of troubling evidence that was part of a pattern of exaggeration and misleading statements."
It's encouraging that this story is still getting coverage, I guess. But why has it taken the press (and the Democrats) months to dig up and disprove all the lies in Bush's State of the Union address, and years to notice "a pattern of exaggeration and misleading statements" from Bush. Shouldn't all this scrutiny have been exercised before we went to war? Or maybe even while Bush was running for office? Shouldn't the media and the Dems have spent as much time investigating BushCo. as they did fretting about whether Al Gore was the inspiration for "Love Story" or not?
Nevermind. I know the answer: We're doomed.
Replies: 2 Confessions
Amy, only you could make a poitical statement out of a Thompson Twins song.
TOA @ 08/09/2003 01:45 AM CST
You know me -- I live for cheesy new wave references!
amyc @ 08/09/2003 09:29 AM CST