"The weapons do not exist," was David Kay's reply to the question, "What happened to the stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons that everyone expected to find in
Kay, a former top
Kay's official findings will doubtless be "withheld" until after the election. But having publicly fumed about the impotence of the U.N.'s Hans Blix, Kay now seemingly vouches for the effectiveness of the much-maligned inspection process.
What Kay now parrots, the International Atomic Energy Agency's Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei told the U.N. Security Council before the war: There were no nuclear-designated aluminum tubes in
According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Congress in 1999 was privy to intelligence reports which similarly attested to a lack of "any direct evidence that
Kay's "news" ought not to have been new to the blithering boobs in Congress.
The CEIP further bears out that in October of 2002, Congress was apprised of a National Intelligence Estimate, a declassified version of which was released only after the war. Apparently, entire intelligence agencies disputed key contentions that the administration – its experts, and its congressional and media backers – seized on and ran with.
While clearly pandering to policy makers,
Condoleezza Rice (who had categorically denied she possessed the analytical wherewithal to connect the dazzlingly close dots between Arab men practicing their aeronautical take-off skills and terrorism) was suddenly doing nothing but connecting disparate dots. She, Powell, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush never stopped gabbling about a reconstituted Iraqi nuclear-weapons program, chemical and biological blights, Scuds and squadrons of unmanned aerial vehicles streaking
The most immediate threat to Americans clearly came from their own leaders.
Bush could have abided by the Constitution of the
The official decision to go to war was declared around the time U.N. monitors were scouring
And the decision was made by the executive, not the intelligence community. The intelligence community is a causal link in the chain of culpability – it is responsible for propagating the lies that fed an unscrupulous executive. But it was not the intelligence community that made the final decision that turned
Kay and his Iraq Survey Group will be praised for their marvelous forensic efforts, even though they've done nothing but verify the veracity of existing evidence. These were the facts before a bloody and unnecessary war; these are the facts now that over 500 Americans are dead, close to 3,000 are disfigured and maimed, and thousands of Iraqis are similarly hurt and hobbled.
As the 19th-century American philosopher of liberty, Lysander Spooner, pointed out, "Guilt is an intrinsic quality of actions." Judging by the actions they commanded, Mr. Bush and his privileged playmates are as guilty as sin.
©By ILANA MERCER
January 30, 2004