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    The point behind the Downing Street memo is that the President was determined to go to war with Iraq BEFORE that evidence was given to him.

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    Besides, Bush has never had a problem ignoring evidence if it doesn't suit him (see the numerous environmental reports that have had conclusions twisted or outright changed).

    edit: Also, I expect the President to look into something like that further before committing all these troops to it. Why were so few othe countries convinced that the evidence was good? Maybe we should have looked to them instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glirk Dient
    When you are given a piece of paper that says Iraq has WMDs and has 50 pages of evidence, why would he say Nah, theres no way...especially when theres so much evidence its almost a joke to say he doesn't. Of course he would believe them telling him there is for certain WMDs in Iraq. To go to war on this evidence isn't Bush's fault but the people who came up with false evidence. It is their job to make sure what they are telling the president is 100% correct.
    Hate to burst your bubble, but 50 pages is almost nothing when it comes to making a decision of that magnitude.

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    Why were so few othe countries convinced that the evidence was good? Maybe we should have looked to them instead?
    I'm remind of the quote, "The last time the French asked for more proof, it ended up marching into Paris under German flag".

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    oh hey good rebuttal

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    And shouldn't you be working?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_mackrory
    And shouldn't you be working?
    Shouldn't you be gone?
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    oh hey good rebuttal
    Well it's a half day at work and I don't have to be there until 1, and as it turns out they're not going to tent-off the first floor until Wednesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean_mackrory
    And shouldn't you be working?
    shhh

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    In the weeks before the imminent invasion - hundreds of trucks were seen leaving for Jordan.
    Obviously Bush doesn't know, because last thing I heard, Jordan is still a sovereign state
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    Both of those sources are biased enough that they can be essentially dismissed out of hand, sean. The UN whining page complains about assignments of countries to Council posts, as well as complaining about a non-involvement of the UN in various things around the world. If I remember correctly, we didn't exactly jump at the chance to help those particular places, either. The second decides that Saddam really did have all those weapons based on some engines being found that could be used in rockets. This is very similar to the Bush claim about the stainless steel rods found earlier.

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    Here is a google search that has a few more articles on WMD equipment being removed.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

    When I said 50...I made that up. Each piece of evidence may have had that many pages attached to it, I'm just saying is there is a whole lot of evidence and things that point to WMDs. This is just like the OJ Trial, all of the evidence is there but people still claim he is innocent.

    There is too much evidence and reason for me to think he didn't have WMDs, gassing his own people, nearby countries being given weapons they can't produce on their own, equipment being removed. He had the means to make them and the motive, and he also had the means to hide every shred of evidence.

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    OK thanks I couldn't use google on my own. Show me a credible source out of that mess. I'm not going to do your research for you.

    > When I said 50...I made that up.

    Oh no ..........?

    > This is just like the OJ Trial, all of the evidence is there but people still claim he is innocent.

    It's sure a good thing that we got rid of that whole "jury" thing and let Glirk Dient decide the fate of everyone.

    > nearby countries being given weapons they can't produce on their own

    Proof, please.

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    I was going to give a list of sites showing that, but there were so many it was more efficient to post the google search. Well, here is your list.

    http://www.boston.com/news/world/eur...ear_equipment/
    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/oct20...main/main8.htm
    http://new-frontiers.org/newsarchive...lay.aspx?n=494
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...raqnuke15.html
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniont...15nuclear.html

    Chemical weapons in Jordan
    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4771882/
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/...jordan.terror/
    http://www.donaldscrankshaw.com/posts/1083014501.shtml

    Here is an interesting article.
    http://projects.sipri.se/cbw/researc...heet-1984.html

    It talks about how Iraq used mustard gas, how Iraq developed the ability to create WMDs on its own and how well they hide it.

    This article says that Iraq did not come up with sufficient evidence that it destoryed all of its WMD stockpile.
    http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/crs/98042705_npo.html

    Here is a pre invasion article that says Iraq has unaccounted stockpile and possibly the ability to quickly create WMDs
    http://archives.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/m.../iraq.weapons/

    Here is a good read to refute the downing street memo
    http://allthingsconservative.typepad...emoshmemo.html

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    That's the same AP article 5 times. Also, considering the theft occured after our invasion it's more a testament to our incompetence than anything else.None of these have anything to do with Iraq, except tangentially. I don't think it's news to anyone that Jordan has terrorists in it.
    This article says that Iraq did not come up with sufficient evidence that it destoryed all of its WMD stockpile.
    That article from 5 years before the invasion?
    Here is a pre invasion article that says Iraq has unaccounted stockpile and possibly the ability to quickly create WMDs
    So, that article was wrong. What's your point?
    Here is a good read to refute the downing street memo
    Wow, what an awesome source! Maybe I should start linking you to some DemocraticUnderground bloggers and we could have a real party!

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