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Saturday, January 31, 2004

'Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.'

Dubya used this phrase almost two weeks ago in his State of the Union address when describing the supposed danger that Saddam Hussein's Iraq posed to the rest of the world. But despite the tortured vagueness of that term, points out Susan Stranahan at CJR's Campaign Desk, nobody in the US media has asked the White House to explain what it meant by that term.

When [former US lead arms inspector David] Kay testified Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee about his findings in Iraq and his decision to leave his post, he was asked by Sen. Ben Nelson (D., NE), "I have to ask you, what does that mean? What are weapons of mass destruction-related program activities?"

Kay responded: "That includes, for example ... a program to develop a substitute for a major precursor for [the chemical weapon] VX using indigenous production capability and indigenous chemicals so they would not have to import it. It includes a study, for example, on a simulant [sic] for anthrax ... They [the Iraqis] had looked at lethality of various agents and classified them. That's WMD-related work."

At the same hearing, Sen. Mark Dayton (D., MN) asked Kay "how many countries ... would you say in the world today would qualify under the category of developing weapons of mass destruction and related program activities, or having such activities?"

Probably about 50, replied Kay.


So how come nobody in the press thinks it's important for the US public to know know why Iraq was so much more dangerous than the rest of those 50 countries that it justified a war?

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