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WMD Search May Be Over for US, But not for FOX News

Reported by Ellen - January 13, 2005

The AP story posted on FOXNews.com says, "The search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has quietly concluded without any evidence of the banned weapons that President Bush cited as justification for going to war, the White House said Wednesday." But two video reports from FOX reporters also on the FOX News website indicate that FNC is not ready to give up so easily.

The names, alone, suggest that FNC is not throwing in the WMD towel even if the Bush Administration is. One report, by Bret Baier, is called "Missing Weapons," subtitled, "WMD search in Iraq comes to an unfruitful end." Notice how it implies that the weapons are likely somewhere, we just don't know where they are. The other report gives a clue as to just where they might be: "WMD Search Ends Did we come up empty because our search stopped at Iraq's borders?"

Think Syria. This segment begins with Senator Joe Lieberman saying that just because we didn't find any WMD's doesn't mean there weren't any, that there was "a lot of movement" from Iraq to Syria in the days leading up to the US invasion of Iraq.

Next, FOX News' David Asman asks a panel of congressmen whether the WMD search came up empty because it "stopped at the border? They could have been sent to Syria."

The first congressman, Adam Schiff, D-Ca, said that the material presented to Congress indicates that Iraq did not have a nuclear program. David Asman interrupted him to ask, "Do we know that for a fact that he didn't move any of that stuff over to Syria?" Schiff replied that it was possible but highly unlikely. Asman then turned to Republican Todd Aiken whom Asman quickly buddied up to by noting that they are both "Marine Dads." Asman asked if the "story book is closed." Not surprisingly, Aiken said, "We just don't know."

Comment: What Asman didn't ask that would have been highly germaine: Do we know for a fact that the Bush Administration said they knew there were WMD's? Do we know for a fact that they said we would be greeted as liberators, not occupiers? That the Iraqi oil would pay for the invasion? That the whole thing would be a cakewalk? Oh, and by the way, what about the missing TONS of explosives at Al Qaqaa that we do know for sure were in Iraq that the US military failed to secure?

Instead, the report ended with an unintentionally ironic comment from Aiken. "(Our opponents in Iraq) have shown that they will rule by fear and intimidation (comment: unlike our "humanitarian" efforts in Fallujah and Abu Ghraib, I guess) and we will not stand by and allow that to occur. The only question is how long and how protracted that will be and to what degree will that make some elements of a civil war."

So we can't find the WMD's belonging to the country we invaded first because we said it had them, then because we said we were liberating them is now headed for civil war but it's always someone else who's wrong.

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