A high school history textbook taught America’s millennial generation that the threat of terrorism “can be eliminated, the Patriot Act was uncontroversial and Iraq had weapons of mass destruction,” reports The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf.
No longer in public office, Tony Blair has acknowledged in a BBC interview that he would have invaded Iraq and disposed of Saddam Hussein with or without evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
The former U.K. ambassador to the U.S. has publicly admitted something of a truism: The plans to invade Iraq did not give time to U.N. weapons inspectors to do their job, and coalition forces “found [themselves] scrabbling for the smoking gun.”
The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea for carrying out an underground nuclear test on Monday. Pyongyang responded by test-launching two short-range missiles, after which the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, said the actions were “clearly provocative” and that North Korea will “pay a price” for them.
Stephen Colbert satirically lauds Bush’s attempts to make his words speak louder than his actions (i.e. nonexistent WMDs become, in Bush’s mouth, “weapons of mass destruction related program activities”).
How telling that the Nobel Peace Prize has been granted to the United Nations agency that Bush kicked out of Iraq after it failed to find weapons of mass destruction that he just knew were there. See BBC story. Meanwhile, there are some Democrats who have some explaining to do….