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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Of course he does

The top headline on the NY Times website: Cheney Says Report Finding No Illicit Arms in Iraq Justifies War. Okay, I'll read the article to see how he tries to spin it.
The report shows that "delay, defer, wait wasn't an option," Cheney told a town hall-style meeting.
That was obvious. If they'd waited and deferred any longer, the whole world, including the idiots in Congress who voted for the war, would have learned the truth about Saddam's non-existent weapons and programs. And that would have meant a slight possibility that aWol and the Veep from the Deep wouldn't have gotten their war, which was never an option for them.
While Democrats pointed to the new report by Charles Duelfer to bolster their case that invading Iraq was a mistake, Cheney focused on portions that were more favorable to the administration's case.

"The headlines all say no weapons of mass destruction stockpiled in Baghdad. We already knew that," Cheney said.
Flashback! Donald Rumsfeld, ABC's "This Week," March 30, 2003.
We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.
Back to today's story:
[Cheney] said other parts of the report were "more intriguing."
Like this part, Fearmaster?
Duelfer's report said what ambitions Saddam harbored for such weapons were secondary to his goal of evading the sanctions, and he wanted weapons primarily not to attack the United States or to provide them to terrorists but to oppose his older enemies, Iran and Israel.
Imagine paranoid old Saddam thinking foreign countries might attack or invade Iraq. What a nut!

I have no doubt that the only surprise in the report to Dick Cheney is that the report ever saw the light of day. I'm convinced that he and Bush and Wolfowitz, and Clinton and Kerry as well, knew full well years ago that Iraq was functionally disarmed of so-called WMD's, and largely disarmed of conventional weapons as well. Not since Vietnam has the US attacked or invaded a country that had any reasonable chance of defending itself. The years of sanctions, inspections and bombings preceding Gulf War II were precisely intended to insure that Iraq was defenseless before the long-planned invasion. Colin Powell and Condi Rice both acknowledged that Iraq was effectively disarmed back in 2001, before they had consumed enough neo-con Kool Aid.

Fortunately, the media seems finally to be calling the liars on their bluffs. Like I said yesterday, Bush and Cheney are toast.