TITLE

Reality Check

PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;6/30/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 25, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This week's special report by Spencer Ackerman and John B. Judis leaves little doubt that the Bush administration systematically exaggerated the Iraqi threat. Which raises an unavoidable question: Absent White House misinformation, was there a compelling case for war? That question will remain even if the United States finds biological and chemical weapons in Iraq. Iraq's WMD were linked to Al Qaeda in an effort to convince Americans that Baghdad might engineer another September 11. This magazine criticized the administration's unconvincing claims about Iraq's links to Al Qaeda and argued that, absent a clear terrorist link, it was Iraq's nuclear ambitions, not its biological and chemical stockpiles, that justified U.S. invasion. Saddam Hussein's history clearly suggested that, absent inspections, he would seek a nuclear bomb. The magazine cast doubt before the war on President Bush's claims that Iraq had sought enriched uranium from Africa and aluminum tubes designed for nuclear centrifuge, but it assumed the administration's lack of public evidence of Iraq's nuclear program was the result of America's general lack of intelligence on Iraq since 1998, when the inspectors were thrown out. Why Saddam would have abandoned his nuclear program, and why, if he did, he would not have proved it by granting full access to Iraqi nuclear scientists this spring, remains a mystery.
ACCESSION #
10069470

 

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