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Friday, June 13, 2003  

Somehow I missed this exchange the President had with Polish television while he was there mawkishly perusing the horrors of WWII.

THE PRESIDENT: ...Poland is a member of this coalition of the willing, who stood up for freedom and stood up for peace and stood up for security. And Poland also recognizes that there's more work to do. And I'm -- also I'm going to Poland to thank the Polish people for caring about freedom in other parts of the world.

Q But, still, those countries who didn't support the Iraqi Freedom operation use the same argument, weapons of mass destruction haven't been found. So what argument will you use now to justify this war?

THE PRESIDENT: We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories. You remember when Colin Powell stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions, and we've so far discovered two. And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them. (Emphasis, of course, is added.)

These were comments he made on May 29, after the discovery of those two trailers the Pentagon speculated might have been used in bioweapons production. Even after they were first discovered, no one was willing to verify they were mobile labs--only that they seemed unlikely to be used for anything else.

So when Bush, two days after their discovery, says "We found the weapons of mass destruction," this can't be confused with an intelligence failure. It's a--come on, say it with me--it's a blatant lie. What's worse, shaking your finger and saying, "I did not have sex with that woman," or telling the country you've found the very thing you lied about to justify a war?

Where the hell's Ken Starr when you really need him?

(Oh, and just to maintain my blog cred as a conspiracy theory nut, let me point out that the CIA report on those trailers isn't online anymore. Or at least, the link to that report that I found here is dead. They buried it, I tell you!)

posted by Jeff | 10:15 PM |
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