The real Kay report

Charles Krauthammer:

"Before the great hunt for scapegoats begins, let's look at what David Kay has actually said about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

"First, and most trumpeted, he did not find 'large stockpiles of newly produced weapons of mass destruction.' He did find, as he reported last October, WMD-related activities, from a very active illegal missile program to research and development ('right up until the end') on weaponizing the deadly poison ricin (the stuff found by London police on terrorists last year). He discovered 'hundreds of cases' of U.N.-prohibited and illegally concealed activities.


"It was a combination of Iraqi bluff, deceit, and corruption far more bizarre than heretofore suspected. Kay discovered that an increasingly erratic Saddam had taken over personal direction of WMD programs. But because there was no real oversight, the scientists would go to Saddam for money, exaggerate or invent their activities, then pocket the funds.

"Scientists were bluffing Saddam. Saddam was bluffing the world. The Iraqis were all bluffing each other. Special Republican Guard commanders had no WMDs, but they told investigators that they were sure that other guard units did. It was this internal disinformation that the whole outside world missed."


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