Sunday, May 1

Weapons Inspector Ends WMD Search in Iraq

WASHINGTON - Wrapping up his investigation into Saddam Hussein's purported arsenal, the CIA's top weapons hunter in Iraq said his search for weapons of mass destruction "has been exhausted" without finding any.

Nor did Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group, find any evidence that such weapons were shipped officially from Iraq to Syria to be hidden before the U.S. invasion, but he couldn't rule out some unofficial transfer of limited WMD-related materials.

He closed his effort with words of caution about potential future threats and careful assessment of this and other unanswered questions.

The Bush administration justified its 2003 invasion of Iraq as necessary to eliminate Hussein's purported stockpile of WMD.

"As matters now stand, the WMD investigation has gone as far as feasible," Duelfer wrote in an an addendum to the report he issued last fall. "After more than 18 months, the WMD investigation and debriefing of the WMD-related detainees has been exhausted."
As we can now see with 20/20 hindsight, the Bush Administration's lies stand exposed. Saddam never had a stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The intelligence that Colin Powell presented to the United Nations was a plagarised dossier of speculation done by college students. Any intelligence that suited the Administration's drive to invade Iraq was cherry-picked and sensationalised by a complicit media, while the experts trying to ring the alarm bells and disprove these claims were harrassed and marginalised.

But will this make a difference? Will the American people now stand up and demand accountability from Bush and his cronies? I very much doubt it, but would love to be proven wrong.


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