March 7, 2005
No WMDs? Really?
'Everyone knows' there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq when Bush decided to invade in 2003. If there were any doubts about that, surely they were laid to rest by the Duelfer Report, the official findings of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) headed by Charles Duelfer, Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence. Take your pick of excerpts from Duelfer's report. On nuclear weapons: 'Saddam Husayn [sic] ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program.' On chemical weapons: 'ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991.' On biological weapons (BW): 'ISG found no direct evidence that Iraq, after 1996, had plans for a new BW program or was conducting BW—specific work for military purposes.' Slam dunk, right? Bush lied. Not so fast. First, the ISG did find WMD. ...(Read Full Article)