TITLE

Burden of Proof

AUTHOR(S)
Zengerle, Jason
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;5/12/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 18, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Offers observations on the failure of the administration of United States President George W. Bush to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, which would have justified the Iraq War. U.S. efforts to find those WMD have come up empty. Which is why the Bush administration is now backpedaling a bit on the WMD issue. Although the Bushies continue to insist that Saddam had unconventional weapons, they no longer predict that they will necessarily find them. That's because, they now argue, Saddam may have destroyed or moved his illegal arsenal before the war began. So, instead of hunting for the weapons themselves, the administration is now hunting for Iraqis who can testify that those weapons once existed. Although Americans may not care a great deal about whether or not the U.S. ever proves that Iraq had WMD, the issue matters a great deal to the rest of the world, which is suspicious of U.S. motives for going to war. FORTUNATELY, FOR ALMOST every unconventional weapon, such evidence can be found. The most important evidence is scientific. In addition to scientific testing, there's more run-of-the-mill detective work--such as finding documentation, following money trails, locating equipment that might have been used to process biological and chemical weapons--that inspectors can undertake to back up whatever testimony they gather from Iraqis. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has so far failed to demonstrate the commitment to the WMD hunt that would make this detective work more possible.
ACCESSION #
9709223

 

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