April 25, 2006

WMD known not to exist

Before the Iraq war most people knew that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction (unlike North Korea), including President Bush, Vice President Cheney, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice:
BRADLEY: And what did this high level source tell you?

DRUMHELLER: He told us that they had no active weapons of mass destruction program.

BRADLEY: So, in the fall of 2002, before going to war, we had it on good authority from a source within Saddam’s inner circle that he didn’t have an active program for weapons of mass destruction?

It would also be fairly safe to say that Blair knew as well, but since he had already given unequivocal support for the enterprise (there has never been a war which Blair didn't want to get involved in) he just kept on lying. There where plenty of reasons to get rid of Saddam, over 180000 reasons, but Blair chose instead to focus on a blatant falsehood instead because the soundbite was better. Very New Labour.


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