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March 16, 2013

Ten Years Later, David Frum Can't Get the Most Basic Facts About Iraq Right

Okay, so everything the Bush administration said about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction was wrong. But you can't blame them! It's hard to know what's going on inside a secretive dictatorship!

So we invaded Iraq, and spent several billion dollars investigating the subject of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, with the CIA producing a gigantic report that's available to anyone on earth with an internet connection.

And yet ten years later, David Frum, the former Bush speechwriter who coined the term "axis of evil," still cannot get the most basic fucking facts right about this:

The main reason that Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program dwindled away after 1996 was that Saddam had run short of money with oil prices falling to $20 a barrel and less.

Here's what the CIA says on its website:

Saddam Husayn ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program...

Iraq did not possess a nuclear device, nor had it tried to reconstitute a capability to produce nuclear weapons after 1991...

What I appreciate most about this is that Frum isn't just wrong. If you read the rest of that paragraph about Iraq and nuclear weapons, you'll see he takes his wrong foundation and then, totally confident in his sophisticated knowledge of this subject, builds an entire mansion of wrong self-justification on top of it.

—Jon Schwarz

Posted at March 16, 2013 06:41 PM

ANd don't forget that Bush halted an inspection process that was underway and committed a war crime. Bush has the audacity to justify his crime by claiming Saddam didn't even let the inspectors in! AND the media has allowed him to get away with that lie:
Proof That Will Send Him to Prison: Bush's Lie Exposed
No one can honestly blame "bad intel" because it was checked and disproven BEFORE THE WAR.
Panel: U.S. Ignored Work of U.N. Arms Inspectors By Dafna Linzer Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 3, 2005; Page A06 "By the time President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein of the deadly weapons he was allegedly trying to build, every piece of fresh evidence had been tested -- and disproved -- by U.N. inspectors, according to a report commissioned by the president"

Posted by: Tom Murphy at March 16, 2013 07:11 PM

1991 Gulf War bombed Iraq "back to the stoneage", & looks like they're STILL there. I saw it on T.V.,(Baghdad Burning Gulf War I )looked to me they were back to gathering firewood, not much to building centrifuges. NPR claims Iraqis have electricity just a few hours a day at THIS time. I'm guessing that's only downtown.

SO FOLKS, please remember, next time WE dive into a war(crime) of plunder and pillage, YET ANOTHER Viet Nam or two, WHEN WE SAY "Back To The Stoneage," WE MEAN back to the stoneage.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at March 17, 2013 02:03 AM