January 25, 2004

Just a Little Late

from - smijer

I have always had a lot of respect for and faith in Colin Powell. The last 12 months have shaken it badly. I maintain the belief that Powell is doing all he can to make the best of a bad situation, and to be a voice of moderation in an administration filled with ideologues and schemers. Nevertheless, this admission is just a little too late coming:

Powell was asked about comments last week by David Kay, the outgoing leader of a U.S. weapons search team in Iraq, that he did not believe Iraq had large quantities of chemical or biological weapons.

"The answer to that question is, we don't know yet," Powell told reporters as he traveled to this former Soviet republic to attend the inauguration Sunday of President-elect Mikhail Saakashvili.

You didn't hear anything like that from the administration last year. Instead, we heard this:

Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.

The truth is they knew no such thing. So, my question is, why couldn't they trust us with the facts? Why couldn't America's leaders stand up on national television and tell us that they were pretty suspicious, but didn't have any reliable knowledge of WMD's in Iraq? Why couldn't we have leaders with enough backbone to tell the truth? Is it because we don't have citizens with enough interest to hold them accountable for the deception?

Update... I shouldn't keep stewing over this, but I've got to add a little more to this post. Remember why we went to war? Click to continue & I'll remind you...

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If Saddam Hussein will not disarm, "the United States of America and friends of freedom will disarm Saddam Hussein," President Bush vowed today in St. Louis, Mo.

The Iraqi dictator is "a dangerous, dangerous man with dangerous, dangerous weapons," the president said. "He's a danger to America and our friends and allies, and that's why the world has said 'disarm.'"

Bush said he desires peace and hopes Hussein will disarm voluntarily. He also said he takes seriously "the commitment of any troop into combat."

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The time for denying, deceiving, and delaying has come to an end. Saddam Hussein must disarm himself or, for the sake of peace, we will lead a coalition to disarm him.

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I noticed the link also refers to Bush's cherry-picking of intelligence assessments suggesting unmanned aerial vehicles were included in (UAV) in Iraq's arsenal to deliver WMD's: a view disputed by USAF intelligence, and ultimately proven incorrect.

Even with all the deception, American support for the war was soft. From the CBC pre-war link above: "Recent polls show about 60 per cent of Americans support a war against Iraq, but the numbers are much softer when those polled are asked to consider U.S. casualties, or a war without the support of the United Nations." No wonder they felt it necessary to deceive us...

Posted by smijer at January 25, 2004 09:12 AM
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good post smijer - I've felt similarly for a while.

Nice blog btw

univar.jpg Posted by Darren on January 29, 2004 05:39 PM
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