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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

AS LONG AS SADDAM IS BEING INTERROGATED,

We might want to get this matter cleared up.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday the Bush administration last year told him and other senators that Iraq not only had weapons of mass destruction, but they had the means to deliver them to East Coast cities.

Nelson, D-Tallahassee, said about 75 senators got that news during a classified briefing before last October's congressional vote authorizing the use of force to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Nelson voted in favor of using military force.

Nelson said he couldn't reveal who in the administration gave the briefing.

The White House directed questions about the matter to the Department of Defense. Defense officials had no comment on Nelson's claim.
Pure fantasy, plain and simple. Apparently these dire warnings came from the Dept of Defense, and Rummy's "stovepipe".

You have to admit, if you have a natural trust and respect for the office of the presidency, as a US Senator would, then you're probably going to give the White House the benefit of the doubt on intel issues. Surely Edwards, Kerry and Lieberman were in on this briefing, so their yes votes must have had something to do with this. Of course, there's a difference between respecting the institution of the presidency and trusting Bush.

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