Monday, October 08, 2007
Fred Barnes is telling a lie..
If you read his quote from the above page, he claims:
Remember, when [Barack Obama] famously came out against the war, it was back in a time when the entire world believed that Saddam Hussein in Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, that he would probably be willing to use them himself at some time or pass them along to terrorists who would use them.
The US intelligence assessment, prior to the war, was that Saddam had probably re-armed, but that he was unlikely to use his weapons, or allow them to be used, because of fear of US reprisals. The assessment continued that he was only likely to use them if he felt he had nothing left to lose, i.e., if the US invaded.
It was accepted that, if Saddam had a chance to build up his military, he might make another land grab in the Middle East. That was his passion, expanding his borders. And that meant that we'd have to keep him bottled up to make sure he didn't get any ideas.
As for giving weapons to terrorists, there were a lot of people speaking fearfully that he might do so. There was no real basis for this speculation; the fear was simply that he could, unless, of course, he was disarmed, which meant, of course, invaded.
So, no, the "entire world" didn't believe that Saddam had WMDs. A lot of people believed that he didn't have the opportunity to rebuild his destroyed infrastructure, and few people believed he might use them or give them to terrorists.