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McCain Still Can’t Come Clean on Iraq

By Judd Legum  

"McCain Still Can’t Come Clean on Iraq"

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In the run up to the Iraq war, the American people were repeatedly told false information about Saddam Hussein’s WMD capacity. What’s amazing is, years later, the people still aren’t being told a the straight story. Here is what Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said today on CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer:

MCCAIN:…There was no doubt in anybody’s mind that if he remained in power that he would continue that attempt and the sanctions were not — the status quo wasn’t prevailing.

But according to Charles Duelfer, the Bush administration’s hand-picked weapons inspector, the sanctions — and the status quo — were working very well. Here’s a summary of the Duelfer’s finding from the 10/7/04 Washington Post:

Duelfer said one of Hussein’s main strategic goals was to persuade the United Nations to lift economic sanctions, which had devastated the country’s economy and, along with U.N. inspections, had forced him to stop weapons programs.

Let’s be clear. According to the definitive report produced by the Bush administration, had the sanctions remained in place, Saddam Hussein would not have been able to acquire WMD. Had the administration chose sanctions instead of war, Iraq would still not have had WMD and more than 1600 American troops killed in Iraq would be alive today.

It’s little wonder why most Americans think the Iraq war wasn’t worth it.

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