Wolfowitz Takes No Blame for Intelligence
Thursday, December 08, 2005
(SNN Khaleej) Yesterday, former US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz claimed that the US-led invasion of Iraq may not have been executed if the United States had known there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in the country.
We know now that we could have been absolutely convinced that there was no danger
“I'm not sure based on the evidence we know now that we could have been absolutely convinced that there was no danger, absolutely no danger,” said Wolfowitz, who is known as the chief architect for the war, and undoubtedly holds his current position as president of the World Bank due to his fanatical loyalty to the president and his pigheaded conviction that these weapons did exist.
When asked about intelligence failures, Wolfowitz claimed that he had no responsibility to intelligence. “Well, I don't have to, and it's not just because I don't work for the U.S. government anymore. In my old job, I didn't have to." In addition, Wolfowitz later said, "I am a tool."
What is interesting about Wolfowitz's strategy in dealing with Iraq is that this is much different than the traditional way that neocons deal with foreign countries that possess weapons of mass destruction. Wolfowitz advanced the strategy of preemptive war, the idea that we could go to war with the country simply because we thought that country might be dangerous.
The strategy of preemptive war is different from traditional neocon dealings
The strategy of preemptive war is different from traditional neocon dealings with countries that possess Weapons of Mass Destruction in two distinct ways. Firstly, when we know to a country to have Weapons of Mass Destruction like, for instance, North Korea we tend to be very very polite to them and attempt to hold talks. The second thing neocons do when they find out countries have Weapons of Mass Destruction is to let out a very small amount of urine. Really, they let out just a tiny squirt.
But in dealing with Iraq, our neocon leaders somehow managed not to wet themselves. But acted in much the way you would expect them to act if the country had no real power, but did possess something we wanted really, really bad, like some sort of natural resource.
Meanwhile, the United States has been calling for the UN Security Council to end weapons inspections in Iraq. Assumably, this is under the pretense that the US military has already expended its entire supply of Weapons of Mass Destruction.