Monday, June 30, 2003

The quote of the day, from Time via already more blogs than you can shake a stick at:

Meeting last month at a sweltering U.S. base outside Doha, Qatar, with his top Iraq commanders, President Bush skipped quickly past the niceties and went straight to his chief political obsession: Where are the weapons of mass destruction? Turning to his Baghdad proconsul, Paul Bremer, Bush asked, "Are you in charge of finding WMD?" Bremer said no, he was not. Bush then put the same question to his military commander, General Tommy Franks. But Franks said it wasn't his job either. A little exasperated, Bush asked, So who is in charge of finding WMD? After aides conferred for a moment, someone volunteered the name of Stephen Cambone, a little-known deputy to Donald Rumsfeld, back in Washington. Pause. "Who?" Bush asked.

Many folks are already wondering whether the administration ever believed its own WMD story. But what the Pentagon believed isn't necessarily what Dubya believed. He doesn't have to go on what he hears from intelligence sources, after all; he has other authorities to rely on...


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