More Nonexistent WMDs Found in Iraq
It is now considered gospel among those opposed to the U.S. invasion of Iraq that "Bush lied" about Saddam Hussein's weapons. That's despite the fact that many prominent Democrats made the same claims during the Clinton Administration, and that virtually every other Western intelligence service believed Saddam was hiding such weapons. That's despite the fact that Saddam Hussein himself discussed having those weapons, and that he felt the need to bribe French and U.N. officials during his cat-and-mouse game with U.N. weapons inspectors. That's despite the fact that Saddam Hussein used those weapons before, and that's even despite the fact, since the war started, that we've seen many bits of evidence that point to Iraq's possession of WMDs.
No, despite all that, if your only source of information is the editorial page of The New York Times, you probably still believe that Saddam Hussein was an innocent man wrongly deposed by a bloodthirsty American president. You'll probably also find ways to discount this latest report:
U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq have found about 500 chemical weapons since the March 2003 invasion, with more thought to exist, according to portions of an intelligence report made public yesterday.
"Since 2003, Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent," said an overview of the report, which was declassified at the behest of Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, and Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican and head of the House intelligence committee.
"Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf war chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf war chemical munitions are assessed to still exist," according to the report.
Expect this story to pass in a couple of days without much further discussion. There's simply no good angle for using it to criticize the war effort. The media that spent a decade covering up for Saddam Hussein has too much invested in the "Bush lied" storyline, and deviating from that storyline now would require one massive correction for the last three years of reporting.
Tässähän nähtiin tämäkin vasureiden valehtelu kampanjan lopputulos. Bush ei valehdellut Irakin WMD:stä ja hyökkäys oli täysin oikeutettu, koska YK:n kommunistijärjestö oli täysin lahjottu Saddamin öljyrahoilla.