"Iraq did not have the weapons that our intelligence believed were there," Bush said. His words placed the blame on U.S. intelligence agencies.
In recent weeks, Cheney has glossed over the primary justification for the war, most often by simply not mentioning it. But in late January 2004, Cheney told reporters in Rome: "There's still work to be done to ascertain exactly what's there."
"The jury is still out," he told National Public Radio the same week, when asked whether Iraq had possessed banned weapons.
Duelfer's report was presented Wednesday to senators and the public with less than four weeks left in a fierce presidential campaign dominated by questions about Iraq and the war on terror.
In Bayonne, N.J., Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (news - web sites) on Thursday called "amazing" Cheney's assertions that the Duelfer report justified rather than undermined Bush's decision to go to war, and he accused the Republican of using "convoluted logic."
Kerry, in a campaign appearance in Colorado, said: "The president of the United States and the vice president of the United States may well be the last two people on the planet who won't face the truth about Iraq."
A short time later, while campaigning in Wisconsin, Bush angrily responded to Kerry's charge he sought to "make up" a reason for war.
"He's claiming I misled America about weapons when he, himself, cited the very same intelligence about Saddam weapons programs as the reason he voted to go to war," Bush said. Citing a lengthy Kerry quote from two years ago on the menace Saddam could pose, Bush said: "Just who's the one trying to mislead the American people?"
soz, I read this post and found the soooo bizarre I went to the kitchen, poured a stiff shot of good whisky, grabbed a cig and went out into the garage for a smoke and drink. I'm thinking of shaving my head and looking for a gallon of gas.
Kerry, like most Americans, believed his president, and supported what he was told was an immediate need to defend America from a verifiable threat. Kerry, like most Americans, was not privy to all the info Bush had. There is absolutely nothing inconsistent with Kerry's position, then or now.
So Baldimo, is it my sin that I dis both Kerry and Bush for their bizarre reasoning? This is such a bogus argument for "right" that because Kerry agreed (the spin anyway) so Bush must also be right. If am pretty firmly atuned to the idea that both were definity wrong does that automatically make me wrong? Be careful, this is a trick question.
dyslexia wrote:Do any of you possibly think that Saddam was done with WMD's? Do you think once the sanctions were over that he would have stayed away from WMD's?soz, I read this post and found the soooo bizarre I went to the kitchen, poured a stiff shot of good whisky, grabbed a cig and went out into the garage for a smoke and drink. I'm thinking of shaving my head and looking for a gallon of gas.
What about some of the other things that were found in Iraq, like the centrifuge and the mobile labs? Does that sound like someone who wasn't interested in WMD's?
Better late than never?
"13 minutes ago", link might not stick. AP article, written by Scott Lindlaw.
gungasnake: You gotta pay attention as Baldimo says but does not do.
This most recent report by Bush handpicked investigator has put the nails in the coffins of the WMD debate.