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Thursday, June 22, 2006

The right is all over Santorum's WMDs

No sooner had Santorum and Hoekstra made their announcement that they'd discovered WMDs in Iraq than the right-wing bloggers went nuts. The war is justified, war critics are discredited, and Bush is the greatest president ever.

This in spite of the fact that their claim runs contrary to the White House, the Pentagon, the Department of Defense, etc. How do you get around that? Easy. By concocting a conspiracy theory that's got more holes than swiss cheese. I mean, LIBERTY cheese.

Fox News Mililtary Analyst Thomas McInerney has a secret plot involving the UN Security Council (including France, which is really handy) that explains it all, and even incorporates the right-wing position adopted after no weapons were discovered: they were transported en masse to Syria. Somewhere. At some point. By somebody. Without us noticing, even though we controlled Iraqi airspace and had them under constant surveillance.

MCINERNEY: Well, if you want, my personal opinion is, I think the fact is that the Russians moved large stocks out in the fall of 2002. You heard what General Sada said. They went into three locations into Syria and one location in the Bekka Valley.

And if you get in there and if you found those weapons and found the precursors, the fingerprints would go back to Russia, China and France. Now, those are the three countries that had the most conventional weapon sales to Saddam Hussein. We’ve done an inventory on that, so that’s public. And I believe they were complicit, so I don’t think the administration wants to trash three of the five members of this Security Council.

Anyone wanna guess how quickly this admitted "personal opinion" will be adopted as hard fact by the right?

And how about McInerney? He's a retired Lt. General who has spent the last decade as a defense contractor and lobbyist and "advocates military-led regime change in Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and Syria."