19 February 2004

Amid Iraq-Bound Guardsmen, Bush Acts to Blunt Foes' Barbs

In discussing Iraq and its weapons programs, Mr. Bush noted that he was not alone in judging Mr. Hussein to be a threat to the world. 'My administration looked at the intelligence information and we saw danger,' he said. 'Members of Congress looked at the same intelligence, and they saw danger. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence, and it saw danger.'

Some Democrats in Congress say the intelligence they were shown by the administration had been stripped of caveats or ignored dissenting views about the threats it purported to document. The United States was unable to get the votes it needed in the United Nations Security Council to win explicit authorization to invade Iraq just before the war.

Bush is not acting (except in the Martin Sheen sense). Misrepresenting is not action. And the UN inspectors reached a radically different conclusion - that more inspections were necessary.

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