Addict (drugaddict) wrote,

White House Made False Statements on Iraq WMD

More of the truth is emerging, authoritatively, into public view re how
the Bush administration falsified the WMD issue to buttress its posture
for going to war in Iraq. This story in */_The Washington Post_/* of
April 12th 2006 carries the sub-title "administration pushed notion of
banned Iraqi weapons despite evidence to contrary".

QUOTED EXCERPT: [first 5 paragraphs] 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. 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. The authors of the reports
were nine U.S. and British civilian experts - scientists and engineers
with extensive experience in all the technical fields involved in making
bioweapons - who were dispatched to Baghdad by the Defense Intelligence
Agency for an analysis of the trailers. Their actions and findings were
described to a Washington Post reporter in interviews with six
government officials and weapons experts who participated in the mission
or had direct knowledge of it. END QUOTE
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