It has always amused me, to be honest, that they have dropped that particular bundle at America’s door almost exclusively. Fact is, the two leaders who were most moderate in their outspokenness, from everything I have read, and who steadfastly refused to entertain the (pathological) spin coming from ‘right-on’ Britain (a solid, though discomforting ally, for all of that), were POTUS Bush and our then Prime-Minister, John Howard (JWH).
In fact, WMD figured not at all in the four main points for war outlined by JWH in his Canberra Press Club speech, a matter of days before the conflict began.
But we must never let facts get in the way of a happy (leftist) meme (as we hear it repeated over, and over, and over again).
Now, just once more (because it’s topical and recently raised its tired head - again) here’s one of the reasons why the conflict began (not that we haven’t highlighted this more than once in the years since this dreadful thing started):
FORMER Iraqi President Saddam Hussein kept up the illusion that he had weapons of mass destruction before 2003, because he did not think the US would invade, according to an FBI agent who questioned him.Got that? Saddam was pushing the line. And our intelligence agencies bought it. What a shock. . .
In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes to be broadcast on Sunday, FBI agent George Piro describes conversations with Saddam in the months after his capture in December 2003.
Mr Piro said Saddam, who was hanged from crimes against humanity in December 2006, wanted to maintain the image of a strong Iraq to deter Iran, its historic enemy, from hostile action.
"He told me he initially miscalculated ... President (George W.) Bush's intentions. He thought the United States would retaliate with the same type of attack as we did in 1998... a four-day aerial attack," Mr Piro said.Saddam’s mistake.
"He survived that one and he was willing to accept that type of attack," Mr Piro said, according to excerpts of the interview released on Thursday.He was equally willing to see his people wither under a decade of sanctions we were also berated for. But it’s always our fault, for everything ever, so why not. . .
No Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were found despite the Bush administration's warnings before the March 2003 invasion that Iraq's arsenal of banned weapons presented a threat to its neighbours and US interests.Warnings based on intelligence coloured by Saddam’s very own and very deliberate misinformation. Why?
BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE TO DO SO - BECAUSE HE DIDN’T THINK WE’D COME AFTER HIM.
Why not, lefties?
Why do you think that Saddam thought he was safe (and so pushed the brinkmanship quite as far as he did)? Can you possibly begin to understand the power of your blatherings (because yes, Uncle Saddam was listening), and then, just possibly, begin to understand why we think about you in the way that we do?
CBS said Mr Piro debriefed Saddam for almost seven months, trying to win his confidence by convincing him he was an important envoy answering to Mr Bush.Of course he did. He didn’t think we were serious. And had a lefty been in charge, he’d have been right. The lefties, of course, could no doubt counter that spinelessness would have been entirely appropriate, given the outcomes.
"This and being Saddam's sole provider of items like writing materials and toiletries made the toppled Iraqi president open up to Piro, a Lebanese-American and one of the few FBI agents who spoke Arabic," CBS said.
Even when it became clear that Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction, he tried to keep up the mystery.
"For him, it was critical that he was seen as still the strong, defiant Saddam. He thought that would prevent the Iranians from re-invading Iraq," Mr Piro said.
But for one, teeny, weenie little problem (highlighted forever since):
The Iraqi leader had also intended to restart the weapons program and had the means to do it. "He still had the engineers. The folks that he needed to reconstitute his program are still there," Mr Piro said. "He wanted ... to reconstitute his entire WMD program."Hence the action. But we’ve known this for years. . .