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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
History versus reality
A couple of things I've stumbled across recently are catalogues of quotes. They're wonderful because they indict without having to use even a single word of commentary. Expect to see them trundled out regularly over the next year.
Billmon has a nice list of representative administration claims about WMD over the past year. It's a very nice arrangement, and fascinating to watch claims change over time.
For example, he quotes Ari on April 10: "But make no mistake -- as I said earlier -- we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. That is what this war was about and it is about. And we have high confidence it will be found."
Then in May, Rummy started waffling: "We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country."
Wolfowitz, also in May, admits a political component: "For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on."
Next, the DNC points us to an article by Helen Thomas that examines some of the outrageous claims of the administration (and lackeys). It includes that dandy by Bush about not reading the news: "The best way to get the news is from objective sources. And the most objective sources I have are the people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world."