Simple test for clarity on WMD |

Simple test for clarity on WMD

They’re at it again. Paul O’Neill has reopened the argument about what Bush knew when he took us to war. It’s too bad that he waffled, because he brought us no closer to closure on the subject.

But I wonder why the critics choose that approach. The defenders can all too easily blame faulty intelligence or hide behind an assertion that the justification is in credible but classified information.

There is a simple test to bring clarity to the subject. It is this: If Bush had solid intelligence and if nuclear WMD were really a threat to us, securing Iraq’s nuclear facilities would have been Priority One. Public information tells us, however, that coalition forces took weeks to secure known nuclear facilities. Bush knew that the threat he trumpeted was not real.

Frederick Hall

Grass Valley

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