Terrorism, Iraq, etc. Linkage

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We've been in the "any day now" phase of pregnancy for a few weeks now, and yesterday we entered the "any hour now" phase. I don't know yet if I'm going to teach tonight even. There's no guarantee that we'll even be heading into the hospital today, but the doctor said yesterday around this time that it might well be last night or today. That means I'm not likely to get to a number of things I wanted to write about, but I do want to give links to stuff that I had wanted to put together in a more cohesive argument.

Here's a list of key points from the Duelfer Report without commentary. There are a number of ways that those who have said that it shows there were no WMD are just plain wrong. Saddam had large stockpiles of nuclear material and the ability to begin producing nuclear weapons at a moment's notice. The extent of the UN oil-for-food scandal was much greater than anyone had realized, and there really was absolutely no way the sanctions could have been expected to continue, which would have been all Saddam needed to resume his nuclear armament. All this needs to be borne in mind when considering what the original bill giving the president authority to attack Iraq said.

You can draw your own conclusions, but it seems to me to that this doesn't undermine Bush's position at all (and I don't mean not it doesn't undermine it very much -- I mean not at all; the only thing we know now is that the threat wasn't imminent, which is what he said he wanted to prevent, which assumes he didn't think it was imminent at the time). So I wonder why people keep saying any of this undermines anything Bush said needed to be true for an invasion of Iraq to be the right thing. Those who have different premises might think it undermines their case for invading Iraq, but that's not the same thing.

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