Thursday, July 14, 2005

Other Elements?

Feith Says Pentagon Overdid WMD Rationale
WASHINGTON - The top policy adviser to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says the Bush administration erred by building its public case for war against
Saddam Hussein mainly on the claim that he possessed banned weapons.

The comment by Douglas J. Feith, in an interview with The Associated Press, is a rare admission of error about Iraq by a senior administration official. Feith, who is leaving after four years as the undersecretary of defense for policy, said he remains convinced that President Bush was correct in deciding that war against Iraq was necessary.

'I don't think there is any question that we as an administration, instead of giving proper emphasis to all major elements of the rationale for war, overemphasized the WMD aspect,' he said, using the abbreviation for weapons of mass destruction."

Well, "overemphasized" the WMD claims, no kidding. We don't need Feith to tell us that now. (Although it would be refreshing to hear others who were involved in the lying admit it.)

As for whatever other "major elements of the rationale for war" Feith thinks there are, he's welcome to his opinion.

Problem is, the White House ran them all up the flagpole and got nary a war-approving salute until they started with the WMD lies, so I'm sure those who remain in the White House don't consider the WMD rationale overdone at all... they were willing to say anything that would allow them to put American boots on Iraqi (s)oil.


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