It's funny how things change...
Here's, here's the bottom line on this for every American and everybody in the world, nobody knows for sure, all right? We don't know what he has. We think he has 8,500 liters of anthrax. But let's see. But there's a doubt on both sides. And I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right? But I'm giving my government the benefit of the doubt. - Bill O'Reilly, March 18, 2003
If (Saddam) doesn't have any weapons, then we are doing the wrong thing. - Ibid.
If there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, this is very bad news for the country. America loses credibility, people who hate us have more ammunition, there is no question the USA will be damaged in worldwide opinion. - Bill O'Reilly, April 29, 2003
Things might change, but right now it looks like the CIA overestimated the weapons of mass destruction threat in Iraq.
This of course is embarrassing to the U.S. and President Bush should address the issue. If U.S. intelligence made a mistake then let's admit it -- there are too many America-haters making propaganda with the situation and some of them are right here at home.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace -- a left-wing organization -- is accusing the Bush administration of purposely misleading the country. But if you buy that argument you also have to buy that Bill Clinton, Dick Gephardt and Tony Blair were also in on the big con for they saw the same intelligence Mr. Bush did and came to the same conclusion: Saddam was harboring deadly weapons and could easily distribute them to terrorists.
So the lie theory is bull, but the mistake is real and it's a big mistake. The Bush administration should own up...
Americans are a forgiving people and we all make mistakes. We are now living in an age of ideological demagoguery where honest mistakes are turned into lies by ruthless, dishonest individuals. It makes me sick.
But in order to be forgiven the mistake must be acknowledged and so far the President has failed to do that. - Bill O'Reilly, January 9. 2004. (Link via Counterspin)
So much for straight talk.
And, hey, look at the left-wing crazies who work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which dares to call itself a non-partisan organization.
Robert Kagan specializes in U.S. leadership and foreign policy. Currently based in Brussels, he writes extensively on U.S. strategy and diplomacy in the post–Cold War era, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, U.S. relations with Europe, U.S. policy toward China, and military strategy and the defense budget. He also writes on U.S. diplomatic history and the historical traditions that shape U.S. foreign policy today. He is cofounder, with William Kristol, of the Project for a New American Century. Kagan is also a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and the New Republic and a monthly columnist for the Washington Post.
O'Reilly simply has no respect for the truth or his viewers.