WaPo reports: U.S. Says It Has Suspected Iraq Arms Lab. I wish we’d quit making these announcements until we verify one of these things. It is getting rather embarrasing to constantly announce that we’re finding a large cache of something sinister and have it turn out to be a big vat of strained apricots or the like.

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  1. moogirl says:

    I agree. You can only cry wolf so many times before we ALL (left and right) turn a deaf ear. This is killing what minute credibility the Whitehouse has on this issue. At this point, anything they DO find would just be dumb luck and not based on any prior information the WH had before waging this war.

    Even if they tripped over a lab now (which apparently is the only way it will happen), it still won’t back up Bush’s reasons for war. It’s too late, the world knows this is about oil, power, and money. If I were the family of a dead soldier, I would want Bush’s head on a platter.

    The blood of the innocents is on Bush’s hands.

  2. Caleb says:

    Moogirl, don’t have a cow, man.

    Your assinine assumptions about the war being just for oil precludes me from bothering to regale you with stubborn facts that clearly show us this war was about national security.

  3. Katewerk says:

    I think a slight distinction has been made between this and previous “announcements” of possible weapons finds. This is the first official statement from the Pentagonn. The others sometimes surfaced by way of journalists, and whatnot… so, crying wolf may not be an accurate accusation.

    The rest of your post, of course, is low IQ flamebait.

    But please, continue flogging the deceased equine, if it helps bring you some small measure of relief….


  4. rkb says:

    Kate’s right to point out that this is the first announcement that didn’t come from people in the field &/or reporters.

    Good to see your name, Kate — last time I happened to encounter your good sense was on the K9-GENES list. 😉

  5. Katewerk says:

    More evidence of a small world… I miss K9genes!