In a new article, HotAir leads with, and then immediately disclaims, the following provocative title: “Wikileaks documents show WMDs found in Iraq.”
Well, $&%&, you may be thinking. Bush was right all along!
Except, no. The weapons found in Iraq are biological/chemical weapons, yes, but weaponized in antipersonnel form: they’re artillery shells and tainted bullets, meant for the battlefield, not civilian populations. Conflating “WMDs” with “biological and chemical weapons” effectively reads out the critical “M,” bolded above, upon which the entire Bush case for war was based. This:
Remains a lie, or a push to action predicated on an impossibility, or an invitation to assume a lie. Take your pick. HotAir’s peculiar pundit makes the distinction clear in the text… kind of… but not in the lede. These findings prove conclusively that the U.S. military has never found what the citizens were told to expect. It’s not even a half-redemption for Bush — it’s a full “refudiation.”