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    In 2003, WMD Threat Was Clear
    By Jonathan Gurwitz, San Antonio Express-News
    03/22/2006

    The media and the public are only now gaining access to a trove of official U.S. and Iraqi documents and tapes, much of it seized during the early days of the invasion. These sources make clear the reasons most major intelligence services came to the conclusion that Saddam continued to possess proscribed weapons of mass destruction and why U.N. weapons inspectors would never be able to locate them. They should finally put to rest the hysterical distortion that Bush lied to push the United States into war.

    The U.S. military's Joint Forces Command engaged in a two-year project to analyze hundreds of thousands of documents and the transcripts of interviews with dozens of Iraq's political and military leaders.

    The USJFC partially declassified its study last month. Researchers Kevin Woods, James Lacey and Williamson Murray provide the first in-depth analysis of the USJFC findings in an article for the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, now available online.

    "Saddam's Delusions: The View from the Inside" makes abundantly clear why the Bush administration believed Saddam had WMD and could use them again — because Saddam's own regime believed it had WMD and could use them again.

    Up high, the researchers draw the following conclusion:

    "When it came to weapons of mass destruction, Saddam attempted to convince one audience that they were gone while simultaneously convincing another that Iraq still had them. Coming clean about WMD and using full compliance with inspections to escape from sanctions would have been his best course of action for the long run. Saddam, however, found it impossible to abandon the illusion of having WMD."

    Fearful of the consequences of delivering bad news to Saddam, Baathist leaders gave false assessments to their dictator and to one another about weapons programs. A footnote to "Saddam's Delusions" suggests that in the months following the fall of Baghdad, senior Iraqi officials in coalition custody continued to believe that Iraq still possessed a WMD capability.

    While these dissonant messages confused Iraqi leaders, they confirmed to intelligence analysts the continuation of a decade of deception. In 2002, U.S. intelligence intercepted an order to remove the words "nerve agents" from "the wireless instructions." Another revealed instructions to "search the area surrounding the headquarters camp and for any chemical agents, make sure the area is free of chemical containers."

    Three years ago, these orders were reasonably interpreted as evidence of Saddam's shell game with weapons inspectors. The consensus belief now is that they were intended to remove any residue left over from WMD programs abandoned years earlier.

    Bush did not lie. American intelligence was mistaken, with good reason. And it's even more clear today than it was three years ago that the blame for the tragedy in Iraq falls on a single person: the homicidal dictator who used WMD in the past and wanted the world to believe that he could do so again.

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion...website and do a search for Jonathan Gurwitz.
     
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    Interesting but worthless. WOT opponents don't and never did give a rats ass about what the truth was or is. They have succeeded in portraying Bush and an incompetent (the new buzz word) liar and will pooh-pooh any information that says anythig different.
     
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    Well, Dillo, if it is any comfort to you, I agree with you about the libs, but I only applaud those journalists who are willing to write informational columns showing the "anti's" were wrong about everything. Surely the anti-Bush crowd can't refute what these captured records show????????
     
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    By all means---Kudos to the few who will continue to search for and print the truth but don't underestimate the anti-Bush crowd or the inability of the Bush administration to get this message out. The truth seems to fall by the wayside
    when unbridled hatred rules the day. It's against everything the libs stand for to be held accountable for what they say or do so don't be holding your breath for any apologies.
     
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    I don't expect we'll hear any apologies. When the libs realize they have egg on their faces, they will just find another "cause" to take up.

    The way I see it, people like Jonathan Gurwitz and Mona Charen, with their daily columns, help the Bush Administration get the facts out. They perform a valuable service to the public, and the Bush Administration needs all the help it can get in that regard. Whoever is in charge of public relations for the Bush Administration (Andy Card??????) is simply miserable at shooting down Democrat propaganda. The Administration has the right message, backed up by the right facts, but they don't seem to think they need to spend any time relating it to the public/voters. That is a mystery to me.
     
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    This is exactly how it works. What happened back then (Last week if it is convinient and a better cause is aviable) isn't intresting anymore. I wonder how many people think of this in this hysterical media age. If a news channel shows a rhino with a cold it can steal all the intrest of an entire nation away from more important stuff - like the truth.
     
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    What a shitty attitude! :poke:
     
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    Damn-- I was hoping you didn't notice ! :D
     

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