Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Shorter Robert Kagan

"Bill Clinton was right in ignoring journalists' warnings that Saddam had WMDs."
(Update: BusyBusyBusy, where "shorter" is done best, has another take.)

Nitpicker bonus: As long as Kagan wants to play the "these quotes mean I'm right game," then let's remind him of these quotes, too.
"(Saddam Hussein) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors." - Colin Powell, February 24, 2001

"But in terms of Saddam Hussein being there, let's remember that his country is divided, in effect. He does not control the northern part of his country. We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt." - Condoleezza Rice, July 29, 2001
One more thing. Kagan writes:
Many such stories appeared before and after the Clinton administration bombed Iraq for four days in late 1998 in what it insisted was an effort to degrade Iraqi weapons programs.
Funny thing is David Kay said those attacks did "degrade Iraqi weapons programs."
Information found to date suggests that Iraq's large-scale capability to develop, produce, and fill new CW munitions was reduced - if not entirely destroyed - during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Fox, 13 years of UN sanctions and UN inspections.
Of course, everything this so-called neocon says has to be doubted, since he works for what Bill O'Reilly assures us is "a left-wing organization."


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