Monday :: Nov 17, 2003

Another Lie in Iraq War Justification Exposed


by Steve

Another of the Administrationís reasons for invading Iraq last March was revealed to be unfounded over the weekend when the CIA confirmed that Hussein did not transfer chemical or biological weapons material to terrorists.

Anthony Cordesman, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, provided new details about the weapons search and Iraqi insurgency in a report released Friday. It was based on briefings over the past two weeks in Iraq from David Kay, the CIA representative who is directing the search for unconventional weapons in Iraq; L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. civil administrator there; and military officials.

"No evidence of any Iraqi effort to transfer weapons of mass destruction or weapons to terrorists," Cordesman wrote of Kay's briefing. "Only possibility was Saddam's Fedayeen [his son's irregular terrorist force] and talk only."

One of the concerns the Bush administration cited early last year to justify the need to invade Iraq was that Hussein would provide chemical or biological agents or weapons to al Qaeda or other terrorists. Despite the disclosure that U.S. and British intelligence officials assessed that Hussein would use or distribute such weapons only if he were attacked and faced defeat, administration spokesmen have continued to defend that position.

Worse yet, Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith admitted that a lack of such evidence to support Administration claims of Husseinís willingness to transfer such materials after the fact were irrelevant because the Administration could never, and apparently never planned to back it up.

Last Thursday, Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith defended the administration's prewar position at the Council on Foreign Relations. "The idea that we didn't have specific proof that he was planning to give a biological agent to a terrorist group," he said, "doesn't really lead you to anything, because you wouldn't expect to have that information even if it were true. And our intelligence is just not at the point where if Saddam had that intention that we would necessarily know it."

Good to know after the fact that we shouldnít take anything these clowns say seriously, huh?

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