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"We don't need to find no steenking weapons of mass destruction"

Early June, 2003 —

Eight weeks have passed since United States forces conquered Iraq. The United States invaded Iraq on pretext of Iraq's illegal possession of "weapons of mass destruction." No such weapons have been found, nor substantive evidence produced of either their production or their existence.

It's notable, in the shifting of public opinion, how some voices are coming "out of the wilderness." It's becoming acceptable to utter a word of dissent. It's becoming, in a word, advisable.

Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat Representative for Ohio, asks "What evidence did this administration have...?"

Well, it's the right question. Or it was. It would have been. It's too late now. And by now anyhow, the answer is fairly clear.

"Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, a senior Democrat, said that it was important to determine whether Iraq had possessed banned weapons, but his support for the war would not change even if United States intelligence reports were found to have been doctored. 'I would still come to the same conclusion,' he said...."
—From The New York Times, 01 June 2003

The people of Britain are being more inquisitive about the matter of Iraqi weapons than are people in the States: [Prime Minister] Blair "said Wednesday that the government will cooperate with a parliamentary probe into the intelligence on Iraqi arms that he used to justify war." —Fox News, 4 June 2003

"For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on," Wolfowitz was quoted as saying. [Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.]
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Or, what about this? Maybe Saddam did have weapons, and maybe he destroyed them on the eve of American invasion. But what about that? Didn't America demand that? Yeah, that's what happened. The United States compelled Iraq to disarm, on threat of war. If Iraq destroyed its most lethal weapons just before a major war, that means it complied.

"'We got taskers to review the link between al-Qaeda and Iraq. There was a very aggressive search,' one former defence official said.

I did a web search for the term " weapons of mass destruction " at Google.com


The first entry listed (on 06 June 2003) is: " Cannot find weapons of mass destruction ." A brilliant error-page mockup. This one was written by an Anthony Cox, who also writes a website concerning pharmaceuticals. There, he mentions the "world famous weapons of Mass Destruction 404 error page." The page is obviously very popular amongst web-masters, linked #1 in Google for the search-term.

No lesser organization than the C.I.A. takes second place.

The Whitehouse document Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction" (December 2002) Comes in third.

"A small team from the International Atomic Energy Agency is due in Iraq on Friday to check on looting of atomic materials, but the United States has barred it from visiting all but one site at a nuclear research complex south of Baghdad."
Reuters, 05 June 2003


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*The headline on this page is taken from a common misquotation of the following dialogue from the film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre." —


"If you're the police, where are your badges?"

"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges."



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