Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Looking back at some old news stories, here's more conspiracy theory stuff for you regarding Iraq and WMD . . .

When the adminstration was making the case for attacking Iraq, they argued that Saddam not only had WMD, but that one day he might want to make more WMD, and this wasn’t acceptable. The administration seemed to be arguing that the potential for future production was itself a valid reason to strike. Military force is never "the first answer,' the President said, “but sometimes it’s the only answer. . .If Saddam isn’t stopped now, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And someday, someway, I guarantee you, he’ll use that arsenal.'”

There was also the fact that this war plan had been prepared weeks before, in case Saddam stiffed the inspectors.

The President had a plan to go to war before the crisis flared! What does that tell you? Obviously, he was looking for any excuse! Halliburton! We all know about the ties between the President and Halliburton – he gave them a sweet no-bid contract , you know.

Meanwhile, there were terrorist links: Hezbollah, for example, swore it would strike Israel if the US attacks Iraq. (A poll of Palestinians showed that 94% supported Iraq, and 77% wanted Iraq to kill Jews if the US attacked Iraq.) Future Presidential candidates were quoted as supporting action but urging the President to seek Congressional Authorization. A story on the former President's reaction said he would completely support his successor if he decided to attack, though he urged to get more international support - which was lacking at the time.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I left out the names on purpose. It was Bill Clinton who was President, the time was February 1998. The real story, with names, is just as powerful and can be found at James Lileks' blog The Bleat. [hat tip Instapundit].

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