A Revision Thing...
Posted on Monday, November 7, 2005. All text is verbatim from senior Bush Administration officials and advisers. In places, tenses have been changed for clarity. Originally from Harper's Magazine, October 2003. By Sam Smith.
(Thanks to FullThroat and Ra Bourbon for this nugget.)
With such gems as...
-It was absolutely clear that the number-one threat facing America was from Saddam Hussein. -We know that Iraq and Al Qaeda had high-level contacts that went back a decade.
-We learned that Iraq had trained Al Qaeda members in bomb making and deadly gases.
-The regime had long-standing and continuing ties to terrorist organizations.
-Iraq and Al Qaeda had discussed safe-haven opportunities in Iraq.
-Iraqi officials denied accusations of ties with Al Qaeda. These denials simply were not credible. -You couldn't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talked about the war on terror.
-The fundamental question was, did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? And the answer was, absolutely.
-His regime had large, unaccounted-for stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons--including VX, sarin, cyclosarin, and mustard gas, anthrax, botulism, and possibly smallpox.
-Our conservative estimate was that Iraq then had a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical-weapons agent. That was enough agent to fill 16,000 battlefield rockets.
-The United States was not interested in the oil in that region.
-We were intent on ensuring that Iraq's oil resources remained under national Iraqi control, with the proceeds made available to support Iraqis in all parts of the country.
-The oil fields belonged to the people of Iraq, the government of Iraq, all of Iraq.
On and on the lies go...
And people are still dying for them.