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Wednesday, June 11, 2003

I Can Hardly Imagine What This Means

From TAPPED, on the mysterious WMDS:

"If Clinton had been convinced that Saddam posed a real threat, he probably would have invaded Iraq when he was president."

Meaning what? That "probably" Clinton would have done his job and defended America, but maybe not?

Or, the whole "Desert Fox" four day bombing campaign in December 1998 was just for show? And what did Clinton mean back then, when he said:

Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons."

Or, as a different example of alternative history, if Clinton had been convinced that Osama was a real threat, wouldn't he have accepted him on a platter from the Sudanese? Can a threat assessment change over time? Did 9/11 deliver new information about terrorist capability and American vulnerability?

People make mistakes. Even at TAPPED.

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