Not Just Whistling Dixie
Lucky or smart, the Bush people must be thrilled with the timing of this public confession by Tony Blair on the reality of the WMD situation in Iraq on the same day John Kerry chose Huey Long, errr I mean John Edwards to be his running mate. Thanks to Kerry's timing this story won't get the immediate attention it deserves on this side of the pond.
However regardless of the timing, Rove et.al. would have preferred this kind of remark after the election. Don't underestimate the public damage this confession will have on the election. Bush and Kerry have to debate, and I'm sure the press will raise this quote from Blair and wave it in front of Dubya. More fun to watch will be Vice President Strangelove's reaction to it since Cheney continues to publicly proclaim that Saddam was moments away from arming Al-Queda with ray-guns and Death Stars. Until now it's been all about a left wing conspiracy, but a public admission that WMD are as hard to find as rain forests in Iraq from their staunchest ally during the war hurts. Hopefully, this will be raised by the Democrats this fall and force the Bush White House to continue to face some uncomfortable questions about their lies before the war.
Pat Lynch - 7/6/2004
I don't disagree with the argument that given the opportunity, Saddam was a bad guy with bad intentions. The question is one of deciding when to spend billions of dollars to fight a war in a country complicated by ethnic divisions and lots of loose arms. I believe the Bush administration exaggerated the threat of WMD to invade distracting us from bigger problems in North Korea and Afghanistan. In theory WMD is a problem in a lot of countries. We have to choose carefully where to exercise our military options to prevent the risk of WMD Using that as the standard I believe the Bush administration chose poorly, very poorly.
Ray Whitener - 7/6/2004
When Inspectors for forced to leave Iraq in 1998 they were unable to account for significant quantities of materials that could be used in the manufacture of chemical and biological weapons.
Of course, Iraq had ample opportunity to "tidy up" before coalition forces arrived and I remain convinced action against Iraq took the county out of the threat equation. Draining world wide swamp of terrorist threat must continue. It will take leadership, resolve and commitment from like minded nations and freedom loving peoples who demand it.
Remember, weapons of mass destruction are ever present and some assembly may be required.