Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WMD: They Had No Doubt

Now that President Obama has declared an end to the seven-year combat mission in Iraq, let's remember how this war started: with a lie. Officials of the previous administration, including Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Bush, Tenet and Cheney, expressed "no doubt" that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Yet it is impossible to have no doubt about the existence of something that is not there. The Bush administration, however, claimed that the weapons were there and sent thousands of troops into harm's way based on this false pretext:

Rumsfeld: “We know they have weapons of mass destruction. We know they have active programs. There isn’t any debate about it.”

Bush: “There’s no doubt in my mind he wants to have a ‘nucular’ weapon and he’s got some capacity.”

Cheney: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us.”

After no WMD were found, Bush joked about it at the Radio and Television Correspondents dinner. He narrated a slide show depicting himself unable to find the weapons in the Oval Office. Bush used the false rationale of his war as a source of humor at a black-tie affair.


Elmo said...

I am sure that they had no doubt.

One of the major differences between Liberals and Conservatives is that Liberalism admits doubt where Conservatism -- especially Reaganism/Bushism -- like Leninism/Marxism is built on faith in the truth of the ideology. Doubt is not permitted.

Jeff Tone said...

Elmo: The ideological enforcement has been so effective that Republican moderates are a rare species. Now Tea Party candidates challenge conservatives for not being right-wing enough. Today’s Republican party is a shrinking tent in terms of ideas. That’s why it keeps recycling the notion that tax cuts for the wealthy result in job creation. That worked out great under Bush, right? It’s an article of faith not borne out by experience.

Charles said...

Interestingly, 29 democratic senators voted to move into Iraq.

It's been very easy for the left to blame everything on the right in the media over the last few years...

But as usual, the right and the left in washington were acting a single force of idiocy. The far left is as dedicated to blind faith in ridiculous crap as the right is... the system functions as a singular organism of control.

Jeff Tone said...

While I respect your "pox on both your houses" stance, being a Democrat is not necessarily synonymous with being on the left. Are Blue Dog Democrats on the left?