. . . Thursday October 7, 2004

Bush on Intelligence

Here is part of the Bush response to the latest report that completely obliterated every major reason the administration gave for going to war:

“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.

He was doing so with the intent of restarting his weapons program once the world looked away.

Based on all the information we had to date, I believe we were right to take action and America is safer today with Saddam Hussein in prison.

He retained the knowledge, the materials, the means and the intent to produce weapons of mass destruction and he could have passed that knowledge onto our terrorist enemies. Saddam Hussein was a unique threat, a sworn enemy of our country, a state sponsor of terror operating in the world’s most volatile region.”

Read every word, because this is not some off the cuff remark. It is a prepared statement. We went to war because Saddam had the “intent of restarting his weapons program once the world looked away.”

Were those the choices? All out war or looking away? Folks, they think you’re stupid.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again:

If you are voting for this president, then you have to believe that it is appropriate for us to go to war over the risk that a guy who doesn’t have any weapons of mass destruction will pass them on to those with whom he has no ties.

Concentration is important!