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posted by redcrabtree | 4:00 PM
The following is taken from this link: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20041006/ts_washpost/a9790_2004oct5"By Mike Allen and Dana Priest, Washington Post Staff Writers The government's most definitive account of Iraq (news - web sites)'s arms programs, to be released today, will show that Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) posed a diminishing threat at the time the United States invaded and did not possess, or have concrete plans to develop, nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, U.S. officials said yesterday.The officials said that the 1,000-page report by Charles A. Duelfer, the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, concluded that Hussein had the desire but not the means to produce unconventional weapons that could threaten his neighbors or the West. President Bush (news - web sites) has continued to assert in his campaign stump speech that Iraq had posed "a gathering threat."It goes on from there.
Kurt, I really believe hindsight is always 20/20. I also have difficulty putting a hellava lot of faith into much of anything many of these people have to say. First the CIA says Saddam had weapons, so did the intelligence services of Britian, France and Russia. Now they say they didn't and damn it the US should have known, or better yet they did but just wanted to go to war. It's so fun and all. What I think more than anything is that it is extremely difficult given the way intelligence is gathered, to really know what is going on in a secretive society especially when the leader is doing all they can to make it appear as if they have the weapons they claim. At this point I think we also have to acknowledge there are likely thousands of pages of material that has not been gone through. In any case we are in Iraq now, we cannot simply pack up and leave without potentially creating more problems than there are now. To me the lessons of Vietnam are not the lessons John Kerry pushes but the one in which by leaving before the country was ready millions of people were slaughtered. As far as involving other nations, particularly France and Germany, as touted by Kerry, it is not going to happen. Both countries have made that clear within the last week, to them it matters not who the President is, they are not going to do anything that helps. France was heavily involved with the oil for food program that should be getting more play than it is. If the United States has harmed Iraq, France has done no better. They may not have bombed they just took food out of the mouths of babies.
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