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Thursday, October 02, 2003

Kay Comes Up Empty
It sounds like the Kay report is going to disappoint Bush.

Chief U.S. weapons searcher David Kay reported Thursday he had found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. [...]
But his team had found only limited evidence of any chemical weapons effort, he said, and there was almost no sign that a significant nuclear weapons project was under way.


First of all, what the hell is this crap doing in this AP story:
Chief U.S. weapons searcher David Kay reported Thursday he had found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq a finding that brought fresh congressional complaints about the Bush administration's prewar assertions of an imminent threat from Saddam Hussein.

I just excoriated Reuters for this stunt. Exact Bush quote:

Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.

Second, Saddam didn't lack weapons because he was a peacenik. It was because of the sanctions, which were becoming more costly to us and the Iraqis. The war allowed us to remove the sanctions. However, this does certainly intensify the questions about the quality of US intelligence.

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