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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bushed on Iraq & WMD's ("absolutely" worth it...') or, stupid is, as stupid does.


A U.S. Army soldier arrives at the scene of a roadside bomb
attack in the northern city of Mosul, January 12, 2005.
Photo by Namir Noor-Eldeen/Reuters [------------]Posted by Hello

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[Surprised, this would wait
until after the election.......?]

The U.S. force that scoured [all] Iraq
for weapons of mass destruction has

abandoned its long [&] fruitless hunt
and is assisting in the more immediate
[oil] task of counter-insurgency efforts,
U.S. officials said on January 12, 2005.

President Bush and other U.S. officials
cited the grave threat posed by Iraq's
chemical and biological weapons and
Baghdad's efforts to acquire a nuclear
arms capability as a central justification
for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

No such weapons have been found.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. force that scoured Iraq
for weapons of mass destruction -- cited by President Bush as
justification for war -- has abandoned its long and fruitless hunt,
U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The 1,700-strong Iraq Survey
Group, responsible for the hunt, last month wrapped up physical
searches for weapons of mass destruction, and it will now gather
information to help U.S. forces in Iraq win a bloody guerrilla war,
officials said.

"I felt like we would find weapons of mass destruction ... like
many -- many here in the United States, many around the
world," Bush told ABC's Barbara Walters, according to excerpts
from an interview airing on Friday.

Bush said "we need to find out what went wrong in the
intelligence gathering," and that the invasion was "absolutely"
worth it even if there were no weapons of mass destruction.

Bush and other U.S. officials cited the grave threat posed by
Iraq's chemical and biological weapons and Baghdad's efforts
to acquire a nuclear arms capability as a central justification
for the March 2003 invasion. No such weapons have been found.

"You can only search so many places for WMD," said a defense
official, who added that the ISG continues to review documents
and interview people knowledgeable about deposed President
Saddam Hussein's arms programs for possible leads.

Charles Duelfer, the CIA special adviser who led the ISG's
weapons search, has returned home and is expected next
month to issue a final addendum to his September report
concluding that prewar Iraq had no WMD stockpiles...

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said he was not
holding out the possibility these weapons would turn up in
Iraq.

But he added that "based on what we know today, the
president would have taken the same action" -- war with Iraq
-- in order to "confront a threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

"And now what is important is that we need to go back and
look at what was wrong with much of the intelligence that we
had accumulated over a 12-year period and that our allies had
accumulated over that same period of time and correct any
flaws," McClellan said.

'HE WAS SO WRONG'
House of Representatives Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi
of California retorted, "Citing the continuing search by the Iraq
Survey Group, President Bush has refused to concede what has
been obvious for months: the primary justification for the
invasion of Iraq was not supported by fact."

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