The coverage of Bush's weekend radio address carried an astonishing admission of incompetence, in case anyone decides to pay attention to it.
"For more than a decade, Saddam Hussein went to great lengths to hide his weapons from the world. And in the regime's final days, documents and suspected weapons sites were looted and burned," Bush said in his weekly radio address.[Emphasis added]
As the Reuters story points out in its lede, Bush was "trying again to explain the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," but this statement from thge President himself should have even war supporters frothing in anger.
We went to war to prevent terrorists from obtaining Iraqi weapons. And now, it's quite likely that because of the war, terrorists have access to whatever Iraqi weapons may have existed.
Remember, chemical and biological weapons are incredibly dangerous and volatile, and very hazardous to handle. Many of the looters who raided the Iraqi nuclear waste dump became ill from handling the stuff. So if looters really> emptied Saddam's stockpiles, two possibilities present themselves:
One, it was just civilians, in which case we'd have seen dead or incapacitated bodies.
Two, it was done in an organized basis by persons unknown for motives unknown (but presumably not to turn them over to the US...). As the second scenario is more likely, if the sites were looted, that means Bush's policies have endangered national security even more than I'd previously contemplated.
This Presidential admission is puzzling. After all, US special forces raided those same suspected weapons sites, and found nothing. So
But the bottom line is, once again, Bush's incompetence is the defense against Bush's perfidy. But he himself just suggested that the US failed to secure weapons stockpiles he asserts Saddam had, and that as a result the weapons are in unknown hands. This incompeence doesn't excuse his betrayal of the nation's trust before the war; it simply makes it worse.
By the way, I wish the so-called "liberal media" would spend as much time pointing out when Bush changes his story as they did when Gore supoosedly did so in the 200 campaign.