Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10 years ago today: Bush & Cheney admit there were no WMD

REMINDER:  It was ten years ago, on October 7, 2004, in responding to the recently released report by the CIA's top weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer, that George Bush and Dick Cheney admitted for the first time that Iraq never had a stockpile of WMD.  The Duelfer Report was released on October 6 and concluded that Iraq's illicit weapons capability had been destroyed during the 1991 Gulf War and, for the most part, Saddam Hussein had never attempted to rebuild it and was, therefore, not in any violation of prohibitions on such weapons.


Bush, Cheney admit Iraq had no WMD, take new tack
They cite oil-for-food scam as justification for invasion

ASSOCIATED PRESS; Thursday, October 8, 2004

WASHINGTON – President Bush and his vice president conceded yesterday in the clearest terms yet that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, trying to shift the Iraq war debate to a new issue – whether the invasion was justified because Hussein was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program.

Bush's response was his first reaction to a report released Wednesday by Charles Duelfer, the CIA's top weapons inspector, that contradicted the White House's main argument for invading Iraq.

http://www.public-action.com/911/no-wmd-sdut/index.html

While admitting the US-led attack was launched on false pretenses, both Bush and Cheney tried to shift public attention away from WMD as the reason Iraq was attacked, saying that they really invaded the country because Saddam Hussein was violating the terms of the UN Oil-for-Food Program. (how lame was that?) 


When attacked, Iraq was defenseless to resist that attack.  It was an act of unmitigated cowardice.