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Colin Powell is backing away from Bush’s WMD argument on a fast horse. Hmmm… Powell: Unlikely WMD Stocks Will Be Found in Iraq.

“I think it’s unlikely that we will find any stockpiles,” Powell told lawmakers when asked about the intelligence behind his Feb. 5, 2003, U.N. Security Council speech laying out U.S. arguments for the war with Iraq that began six weeks later.

Powell’s latest comments appeared to be his most explicit to date suggesting that the central argument for President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq — the belief it possessed weapons of mass destruction — was flawed.

As early as January Powell said it was an “open question” whether or not such arms would be found and he conceded the possibility Iraq might not have had any when the war began.

Powell made his comments as Charles Duelfer, the CIA-named leader of the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, is working on a report about his findings that was expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

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