The they-can’t-find-weapons-of-mass-destruction-in-Iraq-thus-invalidating-the-legitimacy-behind-the-U.S.-led-invasion chorus grows louder and louder.
Presidential contender Howard Dean (D), the former governor of Vermont, says, "I think the president owes this country an explanation because what the president said was not entirely truthful, and he needs to explain why that was. . . . We need a thorough look at what really happened going into Iraq. It appears to me that what the president did was make a decision to go into Iraq sometime in early 2002, or maybe even late 2001, and then try to get the justification afterward."
Senator Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., often referred to as the "conscience of the Senate," said, "What amazes me is that the president himself is not clamoring for an investigation. . . . It is his truthfulness that is being questioned. It is his leadership . . . under scrutiny. And yet he has . . . expressed no curiosity about the strange turn of events in Iraq, expressed no anger at the possibility that he might have been misled. How is it that the president, who was so adamant about the dangers of WMD, has expressed no concern over the whereabouts of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Indeed, instead of leading the charge to uncover the discrepancy between what we were told before the war and what we have found -- or failed to find -- since the war, the White House is circling the wagons and scoffing at the notion that anyone in the administration exaggerated the threat from Iraq."
Let’s go to the videotape.
In 1998, Saddam Hussein kicked out the United Nations inspectors. At the time, the inspectors concluded that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including VX nerve gas and anthrax, and continued to develop them.
President George W. Bush, according to the all-we’re-saying-is-give-peace-a-chance crowd, assumed, apparently, that Saddam Hussein voluntarily -- with no outside pressure and no inspectors -- destroyed his weapons program merely because his inherent decency and integrity demanded it. Even former weapons inspector Hans Blix admitted that, but for the 250,000 American troops amassed on the border of Iraq, Hussein would not have allowed inspectors to re-enter his country.