Because Carlos has already replied quite thoroughly, I scarcely need to write anything; but I will, in part because Gloria's apparent misunderstanding of what I wrote does point up a concern of mine.Gloria wrote:"that Saddam Hussein possessed or was on the verge of possessing WMDs, including nuclear weaponry."
Sorry to dissapoint you but it was never proven!.The CIA director lied. . . .
First, to what I wrote: I wrote that certain folk had reached a certain conclusion. At no point did I state that the conclusion was accurate, and I deliberately did not. People constantly come to mistaken conclusions, often through processes which to them seem rational and accurate: "there is no God"; "Americans are fools"; "the stock market will rise to fourteen thousand on the Dow"; "it will rain before nightfall". That the conclusion is mistaken or that additional or properly conclusory evidence is never produced does not indicate that the mistaken concluder was either a fool or a scoundrel: simply that he was mistaken.
Do I believe that the conclusion was reached in good faith? Yes.
Do I think that other considerations influenced -- at least subconsciously -- the reaching of the conclusion? Of course! What human being consistently divorces emotion and desire from his reasoning? None.
(You may ask whether I regret that the Iraqi War was begun, and I likely would answer you. But my personal beliefs have -- or should have -- no effect upon how I, if I am honest, try to report history.)
My other consideration? I think I'll let that go.