February 22, 2006

Saddam Had WMDs?

The conventional wisdom, which is often wrong, insists that Saddam had no WMDs. But on O'Reilly's show Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said otherwise, claiming that the recently released Hussein tapes show he did during the '90s. McInerney thinks Saddam allowed the Russians to move them to Syria and that the reason the Bush administration isn't talking this up is because they see Russia as crucial in the war on terror and are looking forward not backward. Normally I'd think this unlikely, but the Bush Administration is so inept at defending itself that it actually seems plausible. More here.

Another interesting comment was made by a Brit a couple weeks ago (I've forgotten his name). He said that Blair wanted to go into Iraq but didn't want the de-Bathification that Bush insisted on (i.e. no nation-building). He wanted simply to remove Saddam and his sons & immediate cabinent and that's it. Tony Blair looks like a genius now, as if he alone found the elusive middle way between irresponsible negligence (i.e. allowing Hussein to make and use WMDs despite the Gulf War ceasefire agreement) and chaos (i.e. now).

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