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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Anything's an excuse for anything

To reasonable people, the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is evidence that the war in Iraq was/is illegal, and that Bush, Blair and their minions lied us into war. However, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Perle are not reasonable people.

From a debate with David Corn, via A Tiny Revolution:
[Hitchens'] most entertaining remark of the evening came when he asked the audience to contemplate the fact that not a single weapon of mass destruction has yet been found in Iraq. Wasn't that suspicious? Given that Iraq had possessed chemical and biological weapons in the 1990s, shouldn't a few have remained? In fact, he went on, the zero finding was so suspicious that it was not credible. Think for yourself, people, he exhorted the crowd.
From Reuters, also via A Tiny Revolution:
Richard Perle, a key architect of the U.S.-led war against Iraq, said on Saturday the West should not make the mistake of waiting too long to use military force if Iran comes close to getting an atomic weapon.

"If you want to try to wait until the very last minute, you'd better be very confident of your intelligence because if you're not, you won't know when the last minute is," Perle told Reuters on the sidelines of an annual security conference in Munich.

"And so, ironically, one of the lessons of the inadequate intelligence of Iraq is you'd better be careful how long you choose to wait."

There you have it. If overwhelming evidence proves you wrong, you have two choices: Question the evidence, or use it as an excuse to repeat your mistakes. Chances are that our pResident will take the advice of both lunatics.