The Case For War Continues To Unravel

On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. and Kurdish troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile “biological laboratories.” He declared, “We have found the weapons of mass destruction.”

The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.

A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq – not made public until now – had already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president’s statement.

The three-page field report and a 122-page final report three weeks later were stamped “secret” and shelved. Meanwhile, for nearly a year, administration and intelligence officials continued to publicly assert that the trailers were weapons factories.

Brian, you just don’t get it do you? Get with the program.

Bush never said there were WMDs, nor did he ever claim these were proof. You have to ignore everything else and only count what Bush says. And then you can only count things he repeated. To you. In person. And then signed that he said them while a Canadian witnessed it. Anything else is merely just another liberal strawman…


I thought the “movile weapons labs” angle was soundly discredit almost immediately? This doesn’t smell like news to me, but rather the washington post trying to white wash it’s complicity.

There were people saying this didn’t look very convincing from the beginning. That’s really not the story here. The story is that the actual Pentagon comissioned an actual definitive study by handpicked experts that somehow never made it to the White House. Whoops. Or if it did, it was entirely ignored for a year or more.

The story isn’t the mobile labs. The story is the administration’s deceptions or incompetance being exposed yet again.

I distinctly recall official sources contradicting the white house line, definitely more than just speciulation. Damn if I can remember the source though. :-/ Hmmm, foreign sources perhaps? Not as damning as this I guess.