Carol Platt Liebau: Declassify the Docs!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Declassify the Docs!

In today's Wall Street Journal, Senator Rick Santorum and Rep. Peter Hoekstra make a compelling case for the declassification of documents that reveal what has -- and hasn't -- been found in Iraq in the way of WMD's.

They point out that the President may be hesitant to authorize the declassification or disclosure of information, lest he once again be accused of "cherry-picking" information. But if that's the case, the rationale for not acting makes no sense. President Bush's adversaries are going to accuse him of everything under the sun whether or not he declassifies information; might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. Moreover, everybody who was inclined to believe that he would do such a thing has already been convinced anyway.

In fact, it could be argued that the only way that the President can actually restore some of the trust he has lost among some (those who still have minds open enough to be changed) is, in fact, to show that fears about Saddam Hussein and his capabilities were well-founded.

And nothing demonstrates that more than showing how much deadly stuff still remains in Iraq -- found neither by Hans Blix nor the Iraq Survey Group, which, as the piece points out, "had fully evaluated less than 0.25% of the more than 10,000 weapons caches known to exist throughout Iraq."

7 Comments:

Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Carol writes: "...to show that fears about Saddam Hussein and his capabilities were well-founded... nothing demonstrates that more than showing how much deadly stuff still remains in Iraq..."

Huh? Do you think these phantom documents will show "how much deadly stuff still remains in Iraq?" Like the military uncovered stuff and photographed and documented it and then left it? Or did they destroy it? And either way, it's hard to imagine that the same administration that choreographed the "Mission Accomplished" aircraft carrier extravaganza would pass up such a huge PR event, isn't it?

What possible purpose would it serve Dick and George to keep such vindication under seal?

In the three+ deadly years since we invaded Iraq, while you and others have continued to rant on about weapons that did not exist, our troops have been dying not as a result of these fictitious weapons but from the kind we allowed to be unleashed from the UN-monitored explosives depot (remember?) that was raided while our military was busy protecting the Iraq's Oil Ministry.

Why do you allow yourself to be used as a tool for the desperate Santorum?

10:07 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Hilarious. Grasping at the lies to save the lying party. Like coralled sheep heading to the slaughter house. Some of the smarter rats have already jumped ship or been indicted.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Duke & Ditto:

Are you guys saying that there have been no WMD found in Iraq?

Just wondering for the record.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Um, yes. My source? George Duh-bya Bush, whose administration has acknowledged that the canisters of DEGRADED chemicals were NOT what we went there for.

You disagree? Just wondering for the record.

You people remind me of the child on Sesame Street who is always seeing Snuffleupagus. If he's not a freakin' figment of your imagination, TAKE A PHOTO ALREADY!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Greg,

Do you ever read the news or do you just get spoon fed from political pondits.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Thanks guys. I thought that's what you were saying:

500 bombs loaded with Sarin and Mustard gas ARE NOT WMD.

Hmmm ...

5:48 AM  
Blogger amber said...

Greg, next they will be saying you just make stuff up. Don't bother, they hate Bush for all of the reasons I love him. They comfort themselves by lying to themselves. As long as Bush lied, their hatred is justified.

6:25 PM  

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