As summed up by Bill Straub of the Scribbs Howard News Service,
The United States has formally abandoned the physical search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a tacit acknowledgement that the prime justification provided by the Bush administration for going to war was incorrect.And then there was the "reporting" by Andy Borowitz:
Scott McClellan, White House press secretary, said yesterday that despite a hunt that ended in futility, President Bush continues to maintain he followed the right course in ousting Saddam Hussein because he was a danger to the United States.
"Like many, many here in the United States, many around the world, the United Nations thought he had weapons of mass destruction, and so, therefore, one, we need to find out what went wrong in the intelligence gathering. Saddam was dangerous. And ... the world was safer without him in power," Bush said, according to excerpts released yesterday from an ABC television interview.
Asked whether it had been worth invading Iraq even without weapons of mass destruction found, Bush replied, "Oh, absolutely."
Just hours after confirming that the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was over, President George W. Bush leveled his harshest charge ever at Saddam Hussein, accusing the former Iraqi dictator of "knowingly telling the truth" about not possessing WMD in the months leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.It's also being reported that while Saddam's Iraq did once have WMD, it's been a long time:
"After years of lying about his weapons, Saddam Hussein willfully decided to tell the truth about them," Mr. Bush said. "His treachery knows no bounds."
After Mr. Bush excoriated Saddam for his "wanton truth-telling," he added that "thanks to the work of our coalition, Mr. Saddam Hussein will never be free to tell the truth again."
Mr. Bush argued that even though the stated reason for invading Iraq no longer applied, preventing the former Iraqi strongman from telling the truth in the future was "reason enough" to go to war.
"In the wrong hands, the truth can destabilize regions and even destroy entire civilizations," Mr. Bush said. "In that respect, the truth itself is a weapon of mass destruction – one that Mr. Saddam Hussein will never be able to use again."
Chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer said Wednesday, January 12, 2005, that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and had not made any since 1991. Duelfer will deliver a final edition of a report on Iraq’s weapons next month. The declaration ended the two-year search, which cost millions of dollars.Hmmm, no WMD since 1991. Well, we only made a mistake by a little over a decade. That must count for something, I would think.