Bush: Saddam Chose To Deny Inspectors

March 31, 2006

For the third time since the war began three years ago, Bush had falsely claimed that Saddam refused the U.N. weapons inspections mandated by the Security Council. For the third time, he had denied a reality witnessed by the entire world during the four months when those inspectors, under the direction of Hans Blix, traveled Iraq searching fruitlessly for weapons of mass destruction that, as we now know for certain, were not there.

But forget about whether the weapons were there for a moment. The inspectors definitely went to Iraq. They left only because the United States warned them to get out before the bombs started to fall on March 19, 2003. But for some reason the president of the United States keeps saying — in public and on the record — that the inspectors weren’t there. – Joe Conason at Salon.com

I remember this. I remember wondering what the urgency was. Why did we need to invade immediately instead of letting this play out, inspectors and all? I remember being extremely uneasy, but figuring that the president probably knew things I didn’t. I can’t believe how naive I was. I suppose this is the kind of thing that when I’m an older man and some other leader tries this, I’ll know better. I’ll be more distrusting. I’m reminded of Bush’s own words: “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” Amen, brother.


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  1. I think the distinction is that Saddam had refused to allow the weapons inspectors to do their job. What I believe this means is that Saddam was accused of obstructing their inspections by refusing them access to specific sites and working too hard to frustrate them.

    That’s the way I remember it. I am not saying that Bush is not misleading people by rewriting history. I mean that’s what he does. It’s not flipflopping if your position doesn’t change, but if you distort what the facts “used to be”.

  2. The inspectors themselves felt pretty confident at that time in their ability to do meaningful work. They didn’t walk out in frustration; they were told to leave because the bombs were coming. That’s what I remember.

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