Iraq: The Final Verdict

The results are in: The comprehensive 15-month search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has concluded that the only chemical or biological agents that Saddam Hussein’s regime was working on before last year’s invasion were small quantities of poisons, most likely for use in assassinations. A draft of the Iraq Survey Group’s final report circulating in Washington found no sign of the alleged illegal stockpiles that the US and Britain presented as the justification for going to war, nor did it find any evidence of efforts to reconstitute Iraq’s nuclear weapons programme.

In case you missed it…

Authorities have located weapons of mass destruction. Actual weapons of mass destruction, enough illegal chemical weapons to kill thousands of Americans. The weapons were located on American soil. For years, William Krar lived with his common-law wife Judith Bruey in New Hampshire. Krar first came to the attention of police in 1985, when he was arrested in New Hampshire for impersonating a police officer. In 1989, he started fighting back against the Federal government in the traditional New Hampshire style—he stopped paying taxes.

Another egg hits the face

So David Kay has resigned. He was the top official in charge of the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, a CIA adviser who was confident WMDs would be found quickly. Now he has resigned, because the entire search project is being quietly shut down. And Mr Kay himself now thinks that no stocks of WMDs are likely to be found. Well, fancy that. I, for one, am surprised.

So about those weapons of mass destruction…

I know it’s churlish of me to keep harping on about this, but: …investigators have found no support for the two main fears expressed in London and Washington before the war: that Iraq had a hidden arsenal of old weapons and built advanced programs for new ones. In public statements and unauthorized interviews, investigators said they have discovered no work on former germ-warfare agents such as anthrax bacteria, and no work on a new designer pathogen—combining pox virus and snake venom—that led U.

OJ’s hunt for the real killers

US News: On the evening of February 1, two dozen American officials gathered in a spacious conference room at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. The time had come to make the public case for war against Iraq. For six hours that Saturday, the men and women of the Bush administration argued about what Secretary of State Colin Powell should—and should not—say at the United Nations Security Council four days later.

Yes, I know Saddam is a bad man, but…

To paraphrase Mr Francesco Zappa, these days they have lies so big you can’t see ’em. I feel like it would be worth doing a “lie a day” feature… there’s so much material. Let’s look at a selection of lies: That Iraq did not cooperate with UN weapons inspections, that Iraq kicked UN inspectors out of the country, that inspections did not achieve anything, and that Iraq was not cooperating at the time when war began.