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Thursday, January 08, 2004


Report: Iraq had no WMD's

posted by Christopher at Thursday, January 08, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
A new report just out shows that despite the Bush Administration's statements to the contrary, Iraq had neither the capacity to generate new stores of WMD's, nor were there old stockpiles in reserve from the mid-1990's. The report suggests that Administration officials wanted "worst case" scenarios, and then turned them into "most likely" scenarios. From CNN:

"More than 1,000 U.S. inspectors have worked daily since before the war began in March, searching the country and interviewing scientists and other Iraqi officials, according to Cirincione [one of the authors of the report].

"We found nothing," Cirincione said. "There are no large stockpiles of weapons. There hasn't actually been a find of a single weapon, a single weapons agent, nothing like the programs that the administration believe existed."


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