Check out this Washington Post article on the so-far fruitless hunt for Iraq's supposed weapons of mass desctruction.
With little to show after 30 days, the Bush administration is losing confidence in its prewar belief that it had strong clues pointing to the whereabouts of weapons of mass destruction concealed in Iraq, according to planners and participants in the hunt.
After testing some -- though by no means all -- of their best leads, analysts here and in Washington are increasingly doubtful that they will find what they are looking for in the places described on a five-tiered target list drawn up before fighting began. Their strategy is shifting from the rapid "exploitation" of known suspect sites to a vast survey that will rely on unexpected discoveries and leads.
Get that? After
lying asserting repeatedly that they knew all about Iraq's WMDs, the Administration has found that its list of most likely sites -- its best information -- haven't panned out. It's becoming increasingly clear that the Bush Administration's impatience with the UN weapons inpectors was simply that they weren't providing Bush with a pretext for war -- worse, they were demonstrating that Iraq had little or no WMDs, no nuclear program that can't be downloaded from the Internet, and obviously posed no threat to anyone. And, of course, any policy that didn't lead to Bush's cherished war was simply not an option.
Moreover, despite its public expressions of confidence in the eventual discovery of those swimming pools of anthrax or whatever, the Bush Administration is clearly in no hurry to have the UN weapons inpectors return to independently confirm any caches that are subsequently, er, ah, discovered. While this attitude perfectly reflects the Bush Administration's arrogance and vindictiveness, it's another blunder.
Make no mistake about it: Bush sold this war on weapons of mass destruction. (Of course, he knew Operation Inigo Montoya was only about regime change, but he had to tricked the rest of us into believing there was a national security issue, however threadbare.) The US has been looking at the sites it claimed to "know" were WMD facilities, and has come up with bupkus. Some hawks are apparently satisfied with any rationale for going to war with Iraq, but for the rest of the world, US credibility -- hardly at an all-time high -- is even more at stake. The presence of UN weapons inspectors, or at least some outside party, is absolutely essential to US credibility.
Then there's this ominous note...
If such weapons or the means of making them have been removed from the centralized control of former Iraqi officials, high-ranking U.S. officials acknowledged, then the war may prove to aggravate the proliferation threat that President Bush said he fought to forestall.