I USED TO BE DISGUSTED, NOW I'M JUST AMUSED: An Ongoing (and Apparently Bottomless) Series

Voice of America transcript, Atlanta, 04 May 2006:

Donald Rumsfeld: "... It appears there were not weapons of mass destruction."

Ray McGovern [reportedly an analyst with the CIA for 27 years]: "You said you knew where they were."

Rumsfeld: "I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were."

McGovern: You said you knew where they were, near Tikrit, near Baghdad and north, east, south and west of there. Those are your words. I'd just like an honest answer."

Rumsfeld: "I'm giving it to you."

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From Reuter's:

"... A week and a half into the war, Rumsfeld was asked on March 30, 2003, on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," whether he found it curious that U.S. forces had not yet found weapons of mass destruction.
"Not at all," Rumsfeld responded, according to a Pentagon transcript of the interview. "We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat," Rumsfeld stated.
"Rumsfeld on January 20, 2003, said Saddam's government had "large, unaccounted for stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, including VX, sarin, mustard gas, anthrax, botulism, and possibly smallpox," as well as "an active program to acquire and develop nuclear weapons."

From Jean Leon Gerome : Diogenes lighting his lantern, searching for an honest man in the daytime, while sympathetic dogs look on.


See Also: The Utter Futility of Speaking Truth to Liars, The Consolations of Boethius, Chickenhawks Come Home to Roost, Confabulatory Amnesia, The Rumsfeld/Saddam Handshake, and Lawrence Wikerson Transcript

1 comment:

Taocat said...

"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat," - Now there's a man who knows how to cover his bases! I can confirm that there are WMD's west of Baghdad - but Saddam didn't have them - there WAYYY west of Baghdad, like in Wyoming and Montana. North of Baghdad too - in RUSSIA!