From Andrew's blog: "Thanks for all your emails. I'm aware of one person who clearly stated before the war that he believed that Saddam had no WMDs. That was Scott Ritter. This is not the same as saying that we didn't know for sure, or should have waited some more; or that containment could have worked for a few months or years longer. I mean: an anti-war commentator, writer or speaker who clearly said that Saddam had no WMDs before we invaded and that therefore the war was illegitimate. I remember being told by many who were against getting rid of Saddam that we shouldn't invade precisely because he had WMDs and our invasion would be the only occasion in which he'd use them. But I don't recall anyone saying flat out that there were no WMDs in Iraq. But I may have missed someone. I'll happily post such pre-war statements if you send them to me."
I went around to co-workers, family, friends saying that Iraq had no nuclear WMDs. And I also said that it was possible that they had chemical or biological WMDs, there is no way they could hurt the USA with them.... unless they Fed-Ex them to us???
I figured this all out with a six year old notebook computer and a phone line connection to AOL.
Two really, really BIG clues: Rice and Powell. Both were on record saying that Saddam was contained and not a threat... way back in 2001. Then, a year and a half later, Saddam supposed was in possession of nuclear WMDs without the IAEA even being aware of it. It takes longer than a year and half to make those things.
Furthermore, there were UN inspectors all over Iraq.... YET, AMAZINGLY, Rumsfeld (who claimed he knew where the WMDs were) COULD NOT TELL THE UN INSPECTORS WHERE THERE WERE!!!! WELL, DUH...... WHAT ABOUT THAT?
And then there was the silly performance of Powell in front of the UN Security Council in February, 2003. I watched that and thought "it's all circumstantial evidance" and thought that would easily be debunked. It was - by the foreign press. Apparently, the US press is incapable of thinking!!!!
This past Friday, someone from my Representative's office claimed that Saddam may have moved his chemical WMDs to Syria. That is total nonsense. These people are out of touch with reality. It is not possible to move a chemical weapons plant (lock, stock, and barrel) without even a trace left behind. Never mind that such a claim defies common sense!
And this morning, while still half asleep, I heard someone on NPR go on and on about what we need to do in Iraq to "win" this conflict. He was spouting bullshit. Turns out it was Ken Pollack.... who has been wrong about Iraq for 16 YEARS. How long do you have to get things wrong before you are no longer interviewed on NPR?? How many decades??
We seriously, seriously, seriously need media reform here in the USA. They are pitiful.