WMD Myth and Reality

At its core, the Bush Administration's rationale for going to war with Iraq was simple enough. As the President stated in the fall of 2002, Iraq "possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons, [and] it is seeking nuclear weapons." The central conclusion of the newly issued Duelfer report is also fairly simple: many U.S. assumptions about the state of Iraq's weapons were just plain wrong. Here's a look at some of the key misjudgments--and what we know now.


WHAT WE THOUGHT THEN Although Iraq claimed in 1995 to have unilaterally destroyed its entire arsenal of anthrax, botulinum and other agents...

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