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Thursday, January 05, 2006

WMDs

I've been curious for some time why Bush and his PNAC cohorts didn't just plant some weapons materials in order to meet the claimed justification for war (or at least their second one). Apparently, a team of spooks were asked to do so, and refused:

During the summer of 2003 through the fall of 2003, the team, whose members who were not named by sources, is said to have interviewed many Iraqi intelligence and former intelligence officers. The UN source says that the political problem discussed had more to do with solving the lack of WMD than anything else.

"They come in the summer of 2003, bringing in Iraqis, interviewing them," the UN source said. "Then they start talking about WMD and they say to [these Iraqi intelligence officers] that 'Our President is in trouble. He went to war saying there are WMD and there are no WMD. What can we do? Can you help us?'"

The source said intelligence officers understood quickly what they were being asked to do and that the assumption was they were being asked to provide WMD in order for coalition forces to find them.

"But the guys were thinking this is absurd because anything put down would not pass the smell test and could be shown to be not of Iraqi origin and not using Iraqi methodology," the source added.

Well, now we know. They tried.

Just a hunch, but I wonder if Valerie Plame had any association with these intelligence officers. Any thoughts from aspiring plameologists out there?

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