A bit of old news, but America’s chief weapons inspector in Iraq, David Kay, resigned. He says it is unlikely that WMD will be found in Iraq:
“My summary view, based on what I’ve seen, is we’re very unlikely to find large stockpiles of weapons,” he said on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition.” “I don’t think they exist.”
Here it is, America’s hand picked guy, the man who replaced the U.N.’s Hans Blix as chief weapons inspector, telling the world that, more than likely, WMD does not exist in Iraq. Remember, Kay is the same guy who claimed that Iraq was planning to manufacture them:
In early October 2003:
“”At this point we have found substantial evidence of an intent of senior level Iraqi officials, including Saddam, to continue production at some future point in time of weapons of mass destruction,” David Kay told reporters Thursday after holding closed-door meetings with House and Senate committees to brief them on his work so far. ”
The Bush administration cited Iraq’s WMD program as an imminent threat, and was a significant reason for America to forgo U.N. approval for invasion. A central theme of “pre-emptive war” is to attack before you are attacked. How could Iraq attack us? We couldn’t be afraid of their army, of course. America feared WMD. Iraq’s WMD program had to be a major reason for forgoing U.N. approval. Even David Kay thought so:
“Asked if Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States at the time of the invasion, Kay said, “Based on the intelligence that existed, I think it was reasonable to reach the conclusion that Iraq posed an imminent threat.” ”
How could we be so wrong? Kay reminds us that the Clinton administration also believed that Iraq had a WMD program:
“”We have to remember that this view of Iraq was held during the Clinton administration and didn’t change in the Bush administration,” Kay said. ”
Kay is very careful to shift accountability from the sitting president. Instead, the “intelligence community” is to blame. We have to wonder to whom the intelligence community is accountable. The Intelligence Community is an abstract concept. It comprises multiple government agencies in America and Britain and elsewhere.
Something has to change. The Intelligence Community needs reform. We also need to hold the heads of the various agencies that comprise this Community accountable for their actions. Clearly, the agencies failed to produce reliable information. Bush and his cabinet believed full heartedly that Iraq had WMD because the agencies on which they rely for this sort of information told him so. But this begs the question…
If Bush is the Boss, the Commander in Chief, and the buck stops there… Isn’t Bush accountable?
“Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the administration’s moves Sunday. “Military action was justified by Iraq’s violation of 12 years of U.N. resolutions,” he said in an interview with First Channel Russia during a visit to Moscow. ”
At what point does the Bush administration confess that this “justification” was based on misleading information? Good leadership is admitting when you’re wrong and fixing the problem as it stands. It would be symbolic of Bush’s leadership to admit he acted on bogus information.
Got to hand it to Tony Blair, though. He has his story and he’ll stick to it:
“Blair insisted his government was right to send troops into Iraq.
“There can be no doubt at all that those weapons existed, absolutely no doubt because that is said not just by this government or the United States government, it was set out in detail over 12 years by the United Nations and by United Nations inspectors,” Blair said…
“When they come up with their final report, then we can debate it,” Blair said. ”
OK. Can we hold you accountable, too?