Monthly Archives: January 2004

Oh Kay!

Give David Kay credit for courage. The recently departed chief of the Iraq Survey Group was one of those who confidently predicted that stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons would be found in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion. Yesterday he straightforwardly told a Senate committee hearing that “we were almost all wrong.” There were, he said, almost certainly no large stocks of illegal weapons in Iraq and no evidence that any had been produced in recent years.

Well, DUH! — as the children say nowadays. But to the editors of Pravda this is all breathless news.

Almost as breathless as the efforts of said editors to cover their shameless toadying asses.

What a shame that, rather than accept Mr. Kay’s conclusions, both the president and his Democratic opponents prefer to play them for political advantage.

What a shame that the “mainstream” media accepted the Bush administration’s blatant lies so uncritically. What a shame they didn’t even so much as try to examine them, falling back on the “partisan politics” they now decry in the standard Claude Rains in Casablanca manner.

President Bush and most of his aides have quietly backed away from their once-unambiguous assertions that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Mr. Bush now speaks of “weapons-of-mass-destruction-related program activities” or, as he did Tuesday, doggedly insists that Saddam Hussein was a “danger.” Mr. Kay’s team has documented those activities, and the former inspector agrees with the president’s characterization of Saddam Hussein — as do we. The problem is that Mr. Bush has not taken the next step, which is to admit that the intelligence that he was provided by U.S. agencies and that he and his administration then relayed to the country — sometimes in exaggerated terms — was substantially mistaken.

No, the problem is such buck-passing won’t work for anyone who has even so much as a passing acquaintance with recent history. The administration wanted this war, and they were determined to wage it one war or another — any reason would do. And the one they settled on — as War Criminal Paul Wolfowitz has cheerfully admitted, was the mythical WMD’s.

Thankfully Atrios, utilizing the research provided by C.A.P. has whipped up a quick review –

that cannot be reprinted enough:

“There’s no question that Iraq was a threat to the people of the United States.”

- White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan, 8/26/03

“We ended the threat from Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.”

- President Bush, 7/17/03

Iraq was “the most dangerous threat of our time.”

- White House spokesman Scott McClellan, 7/17/03

“Saddam Hussein is no longer a threat to the United States because we removed him, but he was a threat…He was a threat. He’s not a threat now.”

- President Bush, 7/2/03

“Absolutely.”

- White House spokesman Ari Fleischer answering whether Iraq was an “imminent threat,” 5/7/03

“We gave our word that the threat from Iraq would be ended.”

- President Bush 4/24/03

“The threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction will be removed.”

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 3/25/03

“It is only a matter of time before the Iraqi regime is destroyed and its threat to the region and the world is ended.”

- Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke, 3/22/03

“The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder.”

- President Bush, 3/19/03

“The dictator of Iraq and his weapons of mass destruction are a threat to the security of free nations.”

- President Bush, 3/16/03

“This is about imminent threat.”

- White House spokesman Scott McClellan, 2/10/03

Iraq is “a serious threat to our country, to our friends and to our allies.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney, 1/31/03

Iraq poses “terrible threats to the civilized world.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney, 1/30/03

Iraq “threatens the United States of America.”

- Vice President Cheney, 1/30/03

“Iraq poses a serious and mounting threat to our country. His regime has the design for a nuclear weapon, was working on several different methods of enriching uranium, and recently was discovered seeking significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 1/29/03

“Saddam Hussein possesses chemical and biological weapons. Iraq poses a threat to the security of our people and to the stability of the world that is distinct from any other. It’s a danger to its neighbors, to the United States, to the Middle East and to the international peace and stability. It’s a danger we cannot ignore. Iraq and North Korea are both repressive dictatorships to be sure and both pose threats. But Iraq is unique. In both word and deed, Iraq has demonstrated that it is seeking the means to strike the United States and our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction.”

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 1/20/03

“The Iraqi regime is a threat to any American. They not only have weapons of mass destruction, they used weapons of mass destruction…That’s why I say Iraq is a threat, a real threat.”

- President Bush, 1/3/03

“The world is also uniting to answer the unique and urgent threat posed by Iraq whose dictator has already used weapons of mass destruction to kill thousands.”

- President Bush, 11/23/02

“I would look you in the eye and I would say, go back before September 11 and ask yourself this question: Was the attack that took place on September 11 an imminent threat the month before or two months before or three months before or six months before? When did the attack on September 11 become an imminent threat? Now, transport yourself forward a year, two years or a week or a month…So the question is, when is it such an immediate threat that you must do something?”

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 11/14/02

“Saddam Hussein is a threat to America.”

- President Bush, 11/3/02

“I see a significant threat to the security of the United States in Iraq.”

- President Bush, 11/1/02

“There is real threat, in my judgment, a real and dangerous threat to American in Iraq in the form of Saddam Hussein.”

- President Bush, 10/28/02

“The Iraqi regime is a serious and growing threat to peace.”

- President Bush, 10/16/02

“There are many dangers in the world, the threat from Iraq stands alone because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place. Iraq could decide on any given day to provide a biological or chemical weapon to a terrorist group or individual terrorists.”

- President Bush, 10/7/02

“The Iraqi regime is a threat of unique urgency.”

- President Bush, 10/2/02

“There’s a grave threat in Iraq. There just is.”

- President Bush, 10/2/02

“This man poses a much graver threat than anybody could have possibly imagined.”

- President Bush, 9/26/02

“No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.”

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 9/19/02

“Some have argued that the nuclear threat from Iraq is not imminent – that Saddam is at least 5-7 years away from having nuclear weapons. I would not be so certain. And we should be just as concerned about the immediate threat from biological weapons. Iraq has these weapons.”

- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 9/18/02

“Iraq is busy enhancing its capabilities in the field of chemical and biological agents, and they continue to pursue an aggressive nuclear weapons program. These are offensive weapons for the purpose of inflicting death on a massive scale, developed so that Saddam Hussein can hold the threat over the head of any one he chooses. What we must not do in the face of this mortal threat is to give in to wishful thinking or to willful blindness.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney, 8/29/02

But does Pravda care?

The partisanship and demagoguery that have overtaken the discussion of Iraq’s missing weapons mean that investigations of the intelligence failure by the Bush administration or Congress are unlikely to be thorough or credible. The only proper approach to the problem, suggested yesterday by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and quickly seconded by Mr. Kay, is an independent inquiry.

Hey, is Kenneth Starr busy? Surely he has information in his files connecting this intelligence failure to that most formidable of all Weapons of Mass destruction: Bill Clinton’s Penis

Still there’s no reason why we can’t make the most out of David Kay’s semi-bravery.

George and Ira put it best:

Hey-Hey! You’re O.K. with Kay!
Listen here:
Hey-Hey! You’re O.K. with Kay!
Never fear!
Hear me — if I were free–
Dear me! Nothing to it!
You’re so cu-it!
You’ve got that je-ne-sais-quoi, little boy,
That makes others look blah. Say,
I’m another’s
But if brothers
You care to be–
Oh, that would be O.K. with me!

They just don’t write ‘em like they used to.