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I checked my newspapers dating back to late January and leading up to the first day of the Iraq war and found 258 various references in dictating that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. I’ve listed a few to help jog your memories. This “proof” was the primary justification used to wage all-out war with Iraq, a war that killed thousands of people and cost billions. Since none of it has been proven to be true so far, how long should we wait before we start calling somebody a big fat liar?

Jan. 28 – “To bolster its case, the United States intends to provide the inspectors with additional evidence to support its claim that President Saddam Hussein has been moving and hiding thousands of chemical and biological weapons in palaces, mosques and private homes.”

“Secretary of State Colin Powell will unveil next week “broad evidence” against Saddam, including new information about his ties to al-Qaida, his weapons of mass destruction program and his efforts to deceive the world community by hiding his deadly arsenal beneath the ground and in mobile facilities.”



Jan. 29 – “President Bush said Tuesday night he has fresh evidence that Saddam Hussein seeks to `dominate, intimidate or attack’ with weapons of mass destruction that he could share with terrorist allies.”

“President Bush said intelligence sources have reported that thousands of Iraqi personnel are at work hiding documents and materials from the U.N. weapons inspectors. Specifically, Bush said Saddam has not accounted for up to 25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard gas and VX nerve agent and more than 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical weapons.”



Jan. 30 – “Ari Fleischer argued that the case essentially has been made, saying Bush already sees “a Mount Everest of information” regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.”

“In his speech, Bush referred to biological agent anthrax, the nerve agent VX and other weapon types, and said, `The dictator of Iraq is not disarming.'”

“The Bush administration has said for months it has `solid’ evidence such weapons remain hidden in Iraq.”

Feb. 6 – “Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Saddam Hussein because Iraq has failed to disarm. He presented satellite photographs, intercepted conversations between senior Iraqi officers and statements from informants. He said, `The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction pose to the world.'”

Feb. 7 – “President Bush ticked off a series of accusations that Powell lodged, including authorization by Saddam to his lieutenants to use chemical weapons.”

Feb. 9 – “The U.S. and British governments contend that Iraq retains chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs prohibited by U.N. resolutions, and threatened a military strike if not satisfied Saddam has disarmed.”

Feb. 12 – “This nexus between terrorists and states that are developing weapons of mass destruction can no longer be looked away from and ignored, said Powell.”

Feb. 23 – “`We will not allow the Iraqi dictator to continue to possess or to produce weapons of mass destruction,’ Bush said.”

Feb. 28 – “`Hussein is going to use his weapons against Israel, and if Israel responds, the next nuclear war will be in the Middle East,’ said 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis.”

Mar. 5 – “Workers have unearthed buried bombs they say are loaded with anthrax, aflatoxin, and botulinum toxin, and inspectors are analyzing the contents.”

Mar. 9 – “The U.S. and its allies pressed their proposal to set a March 17 deadline for Saddam Hussein to prove he has given up his weapons of mass destruction.”

Mar. 18 – “Bush said for the first time that Saddam could not retain power even by beginning to disarm his weapons of mass destruction – long the stated goal of U.S. policy in Iraq.”

Mar. 19 – “Intelligence reports indicate a high risk that Iraq would use chemical weapons during a U.S.-led war. President Bush and other U.S. officials say Iraq has stocks of chemical weapons, including the deadly nerve agents sarin, cyclosarin and VX and a mustard agent like that used in WWI.”

“U.S. officials say they believe Iraq’s chemical weapons are under the control of the Republican Guard.”

“Intelligence reports indicate Saddam has given field-level commanders the power to use chemical weapons without instruction from the leadership.”

It turns out the “proof” went poof and the tip of the iceberg turned out to be an ice cube. Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction are turning out to be Bush’s weapon of mass delusion; fortunately, 70 percent of Americans don’t think it matters.

30 Percentishly,

Bernie

Silt resident Bernie Boettcher’s column runs every other Thursday in the Post Independent. E-mail: morefudd@yahoo.com.


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