Faux News: Iraq WMD Intel ‘Turned Out To Be Correct’

Via Media Matters. Faux News version:

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): [T]he last thing I would say, the other talking point from the administration put out through the media is, well what about Condoleezza Rice, who talked about weapons of mass destruction and still got to be Secretary of State, when there were no known weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? And the answer to that is simple — about 80 percent of the Western world and the Middle East from Egypt to Jordan thought he had weapons of mass destruction. All the evidence was there. He actually was caught with them. And there is evidence that Saddam Hussein was reconstituting his nuclear program. So everything turned out to be correct. You had the world, and an eight-month investigation, and a report that was out. That’s a lot different than what Ambassador Rice was either given or said.

Real-world information:

In 2004, the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence released a final report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. The Iraq Survey Group, as it was known, found that Iraq “ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program.”

As for the claim that Iraq still possessed chemical weapons, the report stated:

While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991. There are no credible indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter, a policy ISG attributes to Baghdad’s desire to see sanctions lifted, or rendered ineffectual, or its fear of force against it should WMD be discovered.

The Iraq Survey Group report also judged that after 1995, Iraq “abandoned its existing [biological warfare] program in the belief that it constituted a potential embarrassment, whose discovery would undercut Baghdad’s ability to reach its overarching goal of obtaining relief from UN sanctions.” The report also stated that Iraq destroyed its undeclared stocks of biological warfare-related weapons in 1991 and 1992.

How many times and how thoroughly does a lie have to be debunked before the Faux News Channel stops repeating it?

I’m not even going to address Faux News Channel’s Benghazi conspiracy theory, because it doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on November 17, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    America, itself, doesn’t want to admit what a blunder we made when we invaded Iraq for no reason. It’s a simple case of denial, because to admit such ignorance when the information needed to avert such a catastrophe was so easily found. But to be a news reporter who was that ignorant must be impossible to face.

    The scary thing is that this is what Americans who ran away from the facts want to hear – need to hear – to be able to face themselves.

    Even Bush admitted they didn’t find any WMD’s in Iraq. The thing that amazes me to this day is that they didn’t PLANT some.

    Maybe I’m giving these weirdos too much credit. Maybe they aren’t keeping the lie alive because they can’t face it; maybe they lie because they like to, and it makes some of them more money in an hour then I make in a year. Keep it!

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on November 17, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    History will remember Bush Jr’s war as The Stupid War. We didn’t even get any damned oil out of it. And to think we once stunned the world by sending men to the moon.

  3. #3 by cav on November 17, 2012 - 9:56 pm

    The Chimp saw wars as ‘stimulus’, jobs programs.

    George W. Bush and Laura Bush were being interviewed by NBC’s Ann Curry when the subject turned to the war in Iraq. Curry reminded the President that his wife had once said, “No one suffers more than their president. I hope they know the burden of worry that’s on his shoulders every single day for our troops.” The conversation continued thusly:

    “Bush: And as people are now beginning to see, Iraq is changing, democracy is beginning to tak[e] hold. And I’m convinced 50 years from now people look back and say thank God there was those who were willing to sacrifice.

    “Curry: But you’re saying you’re going to have to carry that burden… Some Americans believe that they feel they’re carrying the burden because of this economy.

    “Bush: Yeah, well —

    “Curry: They say — they say they’re suffering because of this.

    “Bush: I don’t agree with that.

    “Curry: You don’t agree with that? Has nothing do with the economy, the war? The spending on the war?

    “Bush: I don’t think so. I think actually, the spending on the war might help with jobs.

    “Curry: Oh, yeah?

    “Bush: Yeah, because we’re buying equipment, and people are working. I think this economy is down because we built too many houses.”

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174900/iraq_2003_2008_two_recipes_for_disaster

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on November 17, 2012 - 11:08 pm

    cav:

    Great article at Tom Dispatch!

    I mostly blame Cheney for The Stupid War – and it wasn’t the first one, (maybe that’s why congress doesn’t want to put their stamp on some of these tragedies) – There are two arguments for Americas recovery from The “Great Depression”:

    1. The war brought jobs to America.
    2. Domestic spending on infrastructure brought jobs to America.

    Bush Jr. obviously bought into the first explanation of our salvation. It has been pounded down all of our throats much, much more then the latter, so I don’t really blame him for believing it. Cheney knew better, but he was in it for the money.

    Got to hand it to Curry, she sure did her job as a journalist that day before the election of Obama in 2008:

    Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    Wonder what she’s doing today.

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