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The Wmd Conspiracy

Robert Kagan is worth reading:

There is something surreal about the charges flying that President Bush lied when he claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Yesterday The Post continued the barrage, reporting that Defense Intelligence Agency analysts claimed last September merely that Iraq “probably” possessed “chemical agent in chemical munitions” and “probably” possessed “bulk chemical stockpiles, primarily containing precursors, but that also could consist of some mustard agent and VX,” a deadly nerve agent.

This kind of “discrepancy” qualifies as front-page news these days. Why? Not because the Bush administration may have — repeat, may have — exaggerated the extent of knowledge about what Hussein had in his WMD arsenal. No, the critics’ real aim is to prove that, as a New York Times reporter recently put it, “the failure so far to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq may mean that there never were any in the first place.”

The absurdity of this charge is mind-boggling. Yes, neither the CIA nor the U.N. inspectors have ever known exactly how many weapons Hussein had or how many he was building. But that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and the ability to produce more? That has never been in doubt.

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