• 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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    Cort Kirkwood Archives


            
            

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