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  • 'The implications are deeply disturbing'

    Iraq Survey Group's report confirms there were no WMDs

    Friday October 8, 2004
    The Guardian

    New York Times Editorial, October 7

    "Sanctions worked. Weapons inspectors worked. That is the bottom line of the long-awaited report on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq ... But the [Iraq Survey Group's] report ... goes further. It says that Iraq had no factories to produce illicit weapons and that its ability to resume production was growing more feeble every year ... The report shows that the international sanctions that President George Bush dismissed ... before the war - and still does - were astonishingly effective ...

    "The authoritative findings of his Iraq Survey Group (ISG) have now left the administration's rationale for war more tattered than ever ... Nothing in the [report] provides Mr Bush with the justification he wanted for a preventive war because the weapons programmes did not exist."



    Washington Post Editorial, October 7

    "The new report from the ISG has confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt what most people have assumed for the past year: at the time of the 2003 US invasion, Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction, and most of its programmes to produce them were dormant ...

    "Yet in reality no president could have known what is known now. As long as Saddam Hussein remained in power and refused to cooperate fully with the UN, there could have been no certainty about his weapons ... The larger question is how, or even whether, decisions about preemptive war can be made in the absence of unambiguous intelligence. This is not hypothetical: whoever wins November's election may face a similar dilemma."



    Independent Editorial, October 7

    "After the war officially ended, Mr Bush and his chief ally, Tony Blair, kept telling us to wait patiently for the ISG to report. In that time, they have changed their story many times over ... The ISG report tells us in no uncertain terms that the invasion of Iraq was grounded in little more substantial than figments of a fevered, post-September 11, imagination ...

    "Spanish voters have already given their verdict on the judgment of their former prime minister. Australians have their chance this weekend. Americans should use their vote in less than four weeks' time to express their disgust ... We British will probably have to wait at least until next year."



    Daily Mail Editorial, October 7

    "While the [ISG] confirms it has found no weapons of mass destruction, Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, ludicrously pretends the threat from Saddam, in terms of his intentions, was 'starker than we had seen before'. But Britain wasn't dragged into this conflict because a vile dictator had malign 'intentions'. We were assured again and again that Saddam not only possessed these weapons, but could deploy them within 45 minutes. Now, once again, those assurances are exposed as rubbish.

    "The implications are deeply disturbing ... What happens if ... our intelligence services discover plans for an attack on these shores? Could this prime minister convince the public of the need for an armed response? ... The answer is that - like the boy who cried 'wolf' - Mr Blair won't be believed, whatever the danger."



    Daily Telegraph Editorial, October 7

    "Nobody will have been surprised by the conclusion of the ISG ... [But] if its report is embarrassing for the British and US governments, for those of Russia, France and China, it is damning. Saddam used cash stolen from the UN's flawed oil-for-food programme to induce these permanent members of the security council to thwart their Anglo-American allies. The motives of those states that went to war emerge as far less tainted than those that opposed it. If the British and Americans were duped by Saddam, the Russians and French had their palms greased by him."
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  • #2
    I love how you post an article that ends with a paragraph painting america and britain as saints compared to the other security council members

    "Nobody will have been surprised by the conclusion of the ISG ... [But] if its report is embarrassing for the British and US governments, for those of Russia, France and China, it is damning. Saddam used cash stolen from the UN's flawed oil-for-food programme to induce these permanent members of the security council to thwart their Anglo-American allies. The motives of those states that went to war emerge as far less tainted than those that opposed it. If the British and Americans were duped by Saddam, the Russians and French had their palms greased by him."
    Warpox exposes himself | Editorial 1 4 | 2Pox

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    • #3
      So basically the US, British, French, Russian, and Chinease were all doped.

      5 Nations with veto power in the UN. We need to move on from WMD's and Oil for Food.

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