NYT, June 23, 2006:
A vocal collection of Americans, mostly on the political right, have an unshakable faith that such weapons exist.
(hat tip neo-neocon)
Maybe the “vocal collection of Americans” remember what acting head of United Nations inspectors office said, and the NYT reported on June 18, 2004
“The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003”.
Demetrius Perricos, acting head of United Nations inspectors office, tells Security Council that equipment and material that could have been used to produce banned weapons and long-range missiles have been emptied from Iraqi sites since war started and shipped abroad; says many of items bear tags placed on them by UN inspectors as suspect dual-use materials; cites discovery of engines from banned missile in scrap yards in Netherlands and Jordan
So much for vocal collections.
Update, Monday June 26: Saddam’s WMD: Why is our intelligence community holding back?, by PETER HOEKSTRA AND RICK SANTORUM
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