OK. No WMD. But we needed to overthrow Saddam over the oil-for-food program. No shit, this is what he said.
President Bush and his vice president conceded Thursday in the clearest terms yet that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, even as they tried to shift the Iraq war debate to a new issue – whether the invasion was justified because Saddam was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program.
Ridiculing the Bush administration’s evolving rationale for war, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry shot back: “You don’t make up or find reasons to go to war after the fact.”
Vice President Dick Cheney brushed aside the central findings of chief U.S. weapons hunter Charles Duelfer – that Saddam not only had no weapons of mass destruction and had not made any since 1991, but that he had no capability of making any either – while Bush unapologetically defended his decision to invade Iraq.
“The Duelfer report showed that Saddam was systematically gaming the system, using the U.N. oil-for-food program to try to influence countries and companies in an effort to undermine sanctions,” Bush said as he prepared to fly to campaign events in Wisconsin. “He was doing so with the intent of restarting his weapons program once the world looked away.”
Is this the threshold for going to war? Over 1,000 dead? What must those sitting over there getting bombed by the Green Zone be thinking?
For entertainment’s sake, you have to see Wonkette’s take on the above.
Gosh, the Bush team is sort of running out reasons they invaded Iraq, no? First it’s they’ve got WMDs, then it’s that they were in the process of manufacturing WMDs, now, if we understand The Amazing Cheney right, Saddam was thinking about manufacturing WMDs. If that gets struck down, we hear the administration is going to go with “he told this guy my cousin knows that he was thinking about manufacturing WMDs.” Well, we hate to see a perfectly good invasion get marred by, oh, a complete lack of justification, so we thought we’d suggest some other things about Saddam that the president, at least, might find reason enough to go to war:
- Didn’t rewind rental tape
- Mixed recyclables
- Wrote a book
- Reads books
- Throws like a girl
- Is too tall
- Fuzzy math
- Prevented OBGYNs from practicing their love
- Wanted us to pass a global test
- Is a BIG GAY