granted saddam was thug and bad man. no debate from me on that. but, i think it's amazing how truthful saddam appears prior to the war and how badly we come off knowing what we know now.<br><br><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,864782,00.html">link here</a><br><br>snippet:<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Both the US and Britain claim, against Iraqi denials, that they have evidence that Iraq has continued to develop weapons of mass destruction.<br><br>The UN chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said at the end of last week that if the US and Britain had such evidence, they should hand it over.<br><br>US officials said at the weekend that they have been handing over intelligence and will provide more specific information to the inspectors over the next fortnight.<br><br>The Foreign Office made a similar promise yesterday: "The weapons inspectors will get all the help they need to carry out their job in Iraq."<br><br>But it emerged that British intelligence is reluctant to hand over everything it claims to have, insisting there is a danger that sources could be compromised.<br><br>British government officials have already privately admitted that they do not have any "killer evidence" about weapons of mass destruction. If they had, they would have already passed it to the inspectors.<br><br>Babil, the Iraqi government newspaper run by president Saddam's son, Uday, said in a front-page editorial yesterday: "Everybody knows that if they had concrete information, they would have put it on television all around the world before giving it to the inspection teams."<p><hr></blockquote><p>saddam invited the CIA into his country to investigate any intelligence they had . . . but, war was a much better option. the status quo is hunky-dory. <br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
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Could have been Saddam's master plan all along:<br><br>- flaunt the WMDs in front of Bush, Sr. during Gulf War <br>- slowly dispose of EVERYTHING little by little during the latter days of the Clinton administration <br>- as soon as Bush, Jr. takes office in 2000, dispose of the last remaining WMDs, prop up some cardboard look-alikes in the desert for the benefit of satellite imaging, and start acting *extremely* defensive whenever the subject of weapons comes up.<br>- repeatedly toss out UN inpectors, don't even let them into *real* baby formula-making factories<br>- move cardboard look-alike WMDs around in the desert, often.<br>- Convince the US the only solution is to invade<br>- Rent a spider-hole<br>- Give self up for capture, get out of that extremely expensive 'insane Middle Eastern dictator' tax bracket, live comfortably in well-furnished medium-security prison cell<br>- Say, "I told you so!" when on trial, make Bush, Jr. look crazy<br><br><br>...or something like that<br><br>[color:red]C'mon...you know me.</font color=red>
Now that's funny! <br><br>Dean Davis<br><br>-----<br>"I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein. And when the president made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him." -- John Kerry (D) - May 3, 2003
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