Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Senator John McCain was around today, undulating for the press like an extra from Showgirls, demanding Senate hearings on the failure to produce WMDs in Iraq. "It's entirely appropriate to do so," he said, no doubt winking seductively at his beloved media fans while poised with one hand tautly on an outstretched hip. All that was missing was the pole.
This is the same guy who was demanding military intervention in Iraq for YEARS. Listen to the language of just one press release from October 2, 2002 :
Saddam Hussein is in patent violation of the terms of the Gulf War cease-fire and 16 United Nations Security Council resolutions. He has deployed chemical and biological weapons and is aggressively developing nuclear weapons. He holds the perverse distinction of having used weapons of mass destruction against both his own people and his enemies – the only dictator on Earth who has done so.
On January 27, 2003, McCain was even more direct on the subject: "Does anyone, anywhere, sincerely have confidence that Iraq has fully disarmed? Not even our German and French friends have expressed such faint hope."
October 10, 2002: "Opponents of this resolution offer many questions that are designed to persuade the President to wait before moving against Saddam Hussein. They have every right to do so. But there is one question I don't want to be asked in the months and years ahead: "Why did you give Saddam Hussein time to harm us?"
February 13, 2003: "I believe Iraq is a threat of the first order, and only a change of regime will make Iraq a state that does not threaten us and others."
January 17, 2003: "In 1998, when the inspectors left, were forced out, there was ample evidence that he had these weapons, and there's been no authentication of any kind that he may have destroyed them."