Tarry for the Nonce

November 9, 2005

Carl Levin, a Man Confused

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 2:46 pm

Senator Carl Levin appears to be just a mite blinded by his own political agenda:

Levin, the second ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is leading the charge against the White House for manipulating intelligence on Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction and connections to al Qaeda . . .

On Monday, Levin appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC and made the following declaration:

“There was plenty of evidence that Saddam had nuclear weapons, by the way. That is not in dispute. There is plenty of evidence of that” . . .

Levin also criticized the Bush administration for deciding to remove Saddam Hussein shortly after 9/11. It is a curious charge. On December 16, 2001, in an appearance on CNN, Levin himself called for regime change in Iraq. Levin would not say whether he supported making Hussein’s Iraq the “next target” after Afghanistan, but he did say this:

“The war against terrorism will not be finished as long as he [Saddam Hussein] is in power.”

So . . . what was the issue again?



  1. I think the issue was The Bush Administration selectively presenting pieces of intelligence and giving those pieces more far credulity than the intelligence experts were.

    Comment by Howard — November 13, 2005 @ 11:01 am

  2. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”

    Dick Cheney
    Speech to VFW National Convention
    August 26, 2002

    Comment by Howard — November 14, 2005 @ 8:46 pm

  3. Considering Iraq’s extremely advanced nuclear weapons program disrupted by Desert Storm, the consistent story from multiple intelligence agencies, American and foreign, not to mention the fact that the Hussein government had used weapons of mass destruction against Iran and the Kurds, I’m sure there was no doubt that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Far from being “lies,” Cheney’s statement is entirely true. It just turns out that we all were wrong.

    Not that Hussein’s government wasn’t set to resume their WMD programs as soon as the sanctions were dropped, which the likes of France and Russia were demanding, with a good degree of success.

    Of course, in the end none of that matters: it wasn’t encumbent on the U.S. to prove that Iraq had WMD. It was encumbent on Iraq to prove they did not.

    And gee whiz, how awful of us not to give the benefit of the alleged doubt to a mass-murdering dictator. I don’t know how the Bushies will sleep at night.

    Comment by Toly — November 15, 2005 @ 10:34 pm

  4. Iraq nuclear program was disrupted by Israeli bombing, not by Desert Storm.

    If you’re going to take billions of dollars away from the needs of Americans, not to mention risking U.S. lives, you had better damn well have incontrovertible evidence before going to war; the U.S. most certainly did not. Bush’s portrayal of the evidence that he had generated a record number of internal complaints from the CIA. Bush even asserted that Iraq was working hand-in-hand with Islamic terrorists when Iraq itself was a terrorist target.

    I think it was absolutely incumbent upon the U.S. to make sure before sacrificing lives and precious resources.

    Don’t worry about the Bushies being rested as seemingly very little causes them to lose sleep.

    Comment by Howard — November 16, 2005 @ 1:10 pm

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