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Rice Lies about WMDs: U.N.

Think Progress has the context:

In his new book, former CIA Director George Tenet alleges that there was "never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraq threat," suggesting the administration had made up its mind to go to war from an early stage.

On CNN's Late Edition, Condoleezza Rice responded, "We all thought that the intelligence case was strong," adding that even "the U.N weapons inspectors [thought] Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction." She concluded, "So there's no blame here of anyone."

Poof! Rice throws a smoke bomb up in the air, claiming the U.N. Inspectors thought there were WMDs - and therefore "there's no blame here of anyone", but that's a lie. Weeks before the March 20, 2003 invasion U.N. Inspectors were saying there were no WMDs to be found in Iraq.

As proof that the U.N. had not concluded that there were in fact WMDs there's this:

On the same day [March 7, 2003], the head of the IAEA, Mohamed El-Baradei, reported that there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein had any nuclear weapons or was in the process of acquiring them. Mr Blix said: "By then, Mohamed ElBaradei revealed that Niger was not authentic." British intelligence falsely claimed Iraq had been trying to acquire uranium from Niger.

and this February 20,2003 report from CBS:

So frustrated have the inspectors become that one source has referred to the U.S. intelligence they've been getting as "garbage after garbage after garbage." ... The inspectors find themselves caught between the Iraqis, who are masters at the weapons-hiding shell game, and the United States, whose intelligence they've found to be circumstantial, outdated or just plain wrong.

and this January 9, 2003 report on PBS' Newshour:

Chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix told the U.N. Security Council Thursday that his inspection teams had not found any "smoking guns" after visiting some 125 Iraqi sites...

The U.N. did not say there were WMDs in Iraq, and this attempt by the administration to rewrite history is deplorable.

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Comments (1)


You know, when I heard that Rice lie on CNN, I wondered if my ear had fallen off.

As your quotes establish beyond question, El Baredi & Blix never said any such thing. Condi is a congenital liar. Not surprising that she is refusing the Waxman subpoena.

If Rice was required to swear on a bible prior to Congressional question, the book would fly from under her hand.


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