The Truth About WMD

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Wouldn't
you know it?

Iraq
probably didn't have "weapons of mass destruction," which
may have been the figment of Saddam Hussein's propaganda. How ironic
his lies may have led to his undoing, that the WMD may only be so
much Arab braggadocio.

So
says the Los Angeles Times about the furtively stockpiled globe-threatening
missiles, chemicals and germs, which Hussein was ready to use on
the United States.

If
true, we've been had again, and so have the American families who
sent their sons to die at the command of George W. Bush.

The
Story

The
LAT story supports what many critics of the war have said from the
start – Hussein’s WMD are a neoconservative fantasy.

"U.S.
and allied intelligence agencies," the paper reports, "have
launched a major effort to determine if they were victims of bogus
Iraqi defectors who planted disinformation to mislead the West before
the war."

Former
Iraqi operatives, officials tell the paper, "have confirmed
since the war that Hussein's regime sent u2018double agents' disguised
as defectors to the West to plant fabricated intelligence. In other
cases, Baghdad apparently tricked legitimate defectors into funneling
phony tips about weapons production and storage sites."

"u2018They
were shown bits of information and led to believe there was an active
weapons program, only to be turned loose to make their way to Western
intelligence sources,' said the senior intelligence official. u2018Then,
because they believe it, they pass polygraph tests … and the planted
information becomes true to the West, even if it was all made up
to deceive us.' "

An
official told the paper our "analysts" were too eager
to find evidence that supported neocon jitters about WMD, that defectors
told "us what we wanted to hear."

Why
would Hussein plant false stories? He wanted to bluff the world,
the paper reports, and enhance his prestige in the Arab world. The
story leads the reader to another conclusion: Hussein's opponents
would have good reason to lie: They wanted him deposed, not unreasonably,
and needed American power to do it.

For
instance, Ahmad Chalabi, the opposition leader whom the neocons
anointed Hussein's successor, "provided the Defense Intelligence
Agency with three defectors who had personal knowledge of Hussein’s
illicit weapons programs." One was a fraud, the paper reports,
a second's claims were worthless, and the third's are in serious
dispute.

Hilariously,
American officials insist they'll find the elusive WMD.

Oh
yeah? How? When?

The
Reason

Officials
can claim they "were too eager to believe," but the simple
truth is, the regicidal aims of Hussein's opponents meshed perfectly
with the neocon tribe's cherished fantasy: invading Iraq. For years,
they lay awake at night, planning World War IV.

They
urged Boy Clinton to attack Iraq and promised full support. He didn't,
but they got Sept. 11 instead, their Pearl Harbor. War Minister
Rumsfeld suggested invading Iraq immediately.

The
propaganda was ready, and war drums pounded the tocsin: Hussein
will destroy the planet with WMD. Armageddon is nigh. He was connected
to Al Queda and 9-11. Invade now.

But
the truth always emerges. Someone, the LAT reports, probably lied.
Every day, it looks more likely that Bush and his Myrmidons launched
a war with intelligence they knew was bogus. They conned the American
people.

An
impeachable offense? We impeached Bill Clinton for fibbing about
floozies. Bush sent men to die.

Time
to decide which is worse.

August
30, 2003

Syndicated
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail
] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.

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