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Well, now there are are chemical weapons in Iraq…

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The Washington Post reports today that US troops have discovered a large chemical weapons factory in Mosul…created AFTER the US invasion of Iraq.

Boylan said the suspected lab was new, dating from sometime after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Bush administration cited evidence that Saddam Hussein’s government was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction as a main justification for the invasion. No such weapons or factories were found.

The AP is even more explicit:

Boylan said the materials did not appear to be linked to Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime.
The U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003 to destroy Saddam’s purported unconventional weapons of mass destruction. None were ever found.

So, let’s see.
Chemical Weapons in Iraq: Check, as a result of the invasion.
Increased Terrorism: Check, as a result of the invasion.
An Agitated Middle East:Check, as a result of the invasion.
Oil Prices Through the Roof:Check, as a result of the invasion.
Americans in Danger, at home and abroad:Check, as a result of the invasion.

And now the administration is finally beginning to admit that the new Iraq they have promised could never have happened in the time they suggested. Again from the Washington Post:

(This article is a must-read…and presumably a must-not-cover for our Friends at Fox)

“What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground,” said a senior official involved in policy since the 2003 invasion. “We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we’re in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning.”

Mission Accomplished Indeed.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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