Thursday, May 27, 2004

(Almost) Annular Flashback: April 21, 2003 

Dawkins writes:

Now that Judith Miller and her bullshit, tendentious reporting is finally being held to (vague, hesitant) scrutiny by her employer, I went back into my email archives to find that, back on April 21, 2003, I sent around to the pre-AmCop gang her classic article that began:

"A scientist who claims to have worked in Iraq's chemical weapons program for more than a decade has told an American military team that Iraq destroyed chemical weapons and biological warfare equipment only days before the war began, members of the team said."

Always fun to walk down memory lane.  Check it out:
Subj: Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, an Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert
Date: 4/21/03

Thank God the Bushies found this guy. 

According to the Times reporter who talked to "an American military team," that military team was told by a "scientist who claims to have worked in Iraq's chemical weapons program" that:

1. Iraq indeed had chemical and biological weapons, but destroyed them all "only days before the war began."  (There's your case for WMDs... without having to do any more bothersome looking for actual WMDs!)

2. Iraq had secretly sent unconventional weapons and technology to Syria, starting in the mid-1990's.  (Cool!  Might as well just invade Syria then...)

3. More recently Iraq was cooperating with Al Qaeda.  (That wraps that one up nicely too.)

I think a wise man once called this "hitting the trifecta."

Read the article for an account of this airtight case.


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