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  • Over in Great Britain, Tony Blair is taking a lot of heat because those weapons were the primary reason for our unpopular invasion. Over here in "love it or leave it" America, you don't hear a lot about it. Colin Powell cites plagiarized intelligence reports (which Britain later admitted) and forged documents (that no one claims to know the origin of) and yet no seems to care.

    So we're going after Saddam for the weapons but we couldn't find them. Eh, maybe we were going after him for his role in 9/11.

    • Colin Powell cites plagiarized intelligence reports (which Britain later admitted) and forged documents (that no one claims to know the origin of) and yet no seems to care.

      First, there is no evidence whatsoever that suggests that Powell or the Bush cabinet had any knowledge that these were forged. Second, I'd wager more people know that they were forged than knew that they ever existed in the first place ... it's not exactly important in the grand scheme of things, as they were never a major component to the argument against Iraq.

      So we're going after Saddam for the weapons but we couldn't find them.

      While the Bush administration did say that Iraq had weapons, two things are clear: first, that less than half of the suspected weapons sites have been inspected, and second, that the administration talked more about the lack of cooperation than the existence of weapons.

      Resolution 1441 talks about quite a few things that would constitute a breach. Not one of those things is "possession of prohibited weapons." It is the lack of cooperation that is the real crime. And logically, if Iraq does not cooperate, the rest of the world must assume that the weapons exist.

      When a cop approaches a wanted man with his hands in his coat pockets, and the man refuses to pull his hands out and place them on his head when ordered, the cop will not wait for too long before pulling the trigger. This is common sense.

      And don't dare to say I am looking for new justifications. Lack of cooperation with inspections has been my sole justification since Day One, and I've never wavered from it. :-) I even tried to warn people, months ago, that the point should be inspections, that there is the possibility weapons will never be found. No one listened to poor little pudge. ;-)