Notes on the Atrocities
Like a 100-watt radio station, broadcasting to the dozens...

Wednesday, January 28, 2004  

"There is no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein was a gathering threat to America and others. That's what we know. We know from years of intelligence -- not only our own intelligence services, but other intelligence gathering organizations -- that he had weapons -- after all, he used them.... There is no doubt in my mind the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein. America is more secure, the world is safer, and the people of Iraq are free."

George Bush, yesterday

Doesn't this sound a whole lot like an earlier President, feebly trying to find some truth in the massive whopper he offered the nation?

This is the moment for Congressional Democrats to act. Last week, David Kay announced his findings that WMD don't exist. "My summary view, based on what I've seen, is that we're very unlikely to find stockpiles, large stockpiles, of weapons. I don't think they exist." That means that in the rosiest scenario, George Bush sent us on an unauthorized, pre-emptive wild goose chase.

And given the statements we've heard from--and keep hearing from--administration officials, there's more than enough evidence to support an inquiry about possible lies. In fact, listen to Colin Powell over the weekend: "The open question is how many stocks they had, if any. And if they had any, where did they go? And if they didn't have any, then why wasn't that known beforehand?" This is the same Powell who said a year ago:

"Here you see 15 munitions bunkers in yellow and red outlines. The four that are in red squares represent active chemical munitions bunkers. How do I know that? How can I say that? Let me give you a closer look. Look at the image on the left. On the left is a close-up of one of the four chemical bunkers. The two arrows indicate the presence of sure signs that the bunkers are storing chemical munitions.

So which is it? You knew or you didn't know?

It seems like the Democrats are scared of the issue. They either fear the President, the very real ramifications of Kay's report, or perhaps their own complicity in the issue. Daschle the Timid rolled out a variant of his usual gentle criticism: "I think it is critical that we follow up and find out what went wrong." What went wrong was, at the very least, a fanatically overzealous White House. Perhaps Daschle doesn't want a probe to discover that Senate and House Democrats had access to intelligence that would have thrown doubt on dubious White House claims.

If the country means anything to Dems, though, they've got to investigate this potential crime. We went to war to find WMD that were guaranteed to be a threat by the President. But they weren't there, and the President has to answer for his words, actions, and the dead who paid the price for his ignorance.

posted by Jeff | 10:36 AM |
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