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Thursday, September 16, 2004

WMD Shocker

The latest report from the top U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, Charles Duelfer, concludes that there were no weapons of mass destruction, according to the AP. Mr. Duelfer did find that Saddam had "intentions of restarting weapons programs at some point, after suspicion and inspections from the international community waned." That is not surprising, and seems to us a pretty distant pretext for going to war. We do not believe the American people would have signed on, had we known.

Meanwhile, over 1,000 U.S. service men and women have died to prosecute the Iraq war based on the the Administration's original justification: that Saddam did have weapons; that he would use them any day now; that he posed an imminent threat. The new report merely underscores what we have realized for some time now; that Saddam didn't and couldn't and wouldn't.

That being the case, there was plenty of time to do the job better, to gain greater certainty through further inspections; to build an international coaltion, even to get key Arab states on our side. There was no need for a pre-emptive war. We were pre-empting nothing.

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