Wednesday, July 21, 2004

WMD's, Continued

I'm not sure how much more the no-wmd's rumour can withstand. More evidence rolls right along. Its not the deluge we were promised, but things are turning out more on the "holy cow, Iraq was a threat" side:

Warner: New report to contain data backing up WMD claims

APARNA H. KUMAR, Associated Press Writer

An upcoming report will contain "a good deal of new information" backing up the Bush administration's contention that Saddam Hussein pursued weapons of mass destruction, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va., said Tuesday.

The administration cited Saddam's hunger for such weapons as a main reason to invade Iraq last year.

"I'm not suggesting dramatic discoveries," Warner told reporters, but "bits and pieces that Saddam Hussein was clearly defying" international restrictions, "and he and his government had a continuing interest in maintaining the potential to shift to production of various types of weapons of mass destruction in a short period of time."

The report is by the civilian head of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, who reports to the CIA director. Initially the report was expected to be done this summer, but instead it will come out in September, Warner said.

Interesting timing. Vague promises, and little dribs and drabs. Little hints, leading right up to the election. It might be cynical, but we might have a major find this summer. Just wait for Kerry to say one thing about WMD's on the trail.

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