Skip to site content

Weapons of Mass Destruction

(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops and other Christian groups are hailing the Senate’s ratification on Wednesday (Dec. 22) of a treaty with Russia that would reduce both countries’ nuclear arms by about 30 percent. Despite some early objections from Republicans, the Senate approved the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) by a vote of 71 […] Read More

While taking responsibility for allowing bad intelligence to creep into President Bush’s State of the Union address, CIA Director George Tenet said Wednesday that a White House official insisted the unconfirmed claim about Iraq’s nuclear intentions be included in the speech, according to a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sen. Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., said […] Read More

Allegations that the Bush administration lied about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction, if true, are more serious than the Watergate scandal, says John Dean, former counsel to President Nixon. “In the three decades since Watergate, this is the first potential scandal I have seen that could make Watergate pale by comparison,” Dean wrote […] Read More

American editorial pages are crackling with comments about alleged weapons of mass destruction, the United States’ primary justification for its Iraqi invasion. Some editorials have openly speculated that the Bush administration lied to the public. Others have encouraged public congressional hearings. A few continue to urge patience, contending that WMD will still be found. “If […] Read More

Eight weeks after the war’s end in Iraq and with no evidence of the alleged weapons of mass destruction, America’s three major newsweeklies featured articles on Monday related to the possibility that the Bush administration either lied about or grossly exaggerated the existence of WMD. Newsweek, TIME and U.S. News and World Report examined the […] Read More

Forty days after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, United States forces have yet to find the alleged Iraqi stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons. The Bush administration has significantly increased the number of scientists and engineers searching for these weapons and begun to shift the argument away from one of […] Read More

Arab English-language newspaper editorials are asking the whereabouts of Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction. “Having chosen them as the key reason for war, Washington has to prove its case,” said Arab News, Saudi Arab’s English-language daily. “If it does not, the world will forever believe that it paved the road with lies.” Asserting that […] Read More

President Bush used the word “weapons” several dozen times last night to make the case for possible military action against Iraq. His speech in Cincinnati came one year after Bush ordered the first military strikes in Afghanistan. The roughly 3,300-word speech lasted 30 minutes. Bush used some form of the word “weapon” about 42 times […] Read More

No Ordinary Grief

As obscene as it sounds, the United States has discovered a new weapon of mass destruction — one most would never have conceived until the past dozen years or so. That weapon is food — and medicine and other resources needed to live viably — and ground zero is the civilian population of Iraq, which […] Read More