Bush administration displays its bad faith
- The following article appeared on page A11 of the thursday 16 January 2003
edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited to Robin Wright of The
Los Angeles Times. This story exposes the barefaced mendacity of President
Bush and his government and their bad faith in dealing with Iraq. It also
shows how the Bush administration is shamelessly using the United Nations
as a figleaf for imperialist aggression.
U.S. PLAN: NOTHING MAY BE SOMETHING
Strategy Would Justify War In Iraq
Washington--As the hunt for weapons of mass destruction continues, the United
States has begun to map out a backup strategy to justify possible military
intervention in Iraq if U.S. intelligence tips, U.N. inspections and Iraqi
scientists all fail to produce solid evidence of a forbidden arsenal,
according to U.S. officials.
The new strategy centers on a simple premise: Nothing is something.
If inspectors fail to uncover hard proof of covert Iraqi weapons programs,
the United States hopes to convince the U.N. Security Council--or at least
what President Bush has called a "coalition of the willing"--that what
Saddam Hussein left out of a declaration on his deadliest arms and Iraq's
subsequent actions are enough of a justification for war, administration
"The chances that the U.N. will find something are slim. The chances that the
Iraqis will tell us anything are slim. So it's quite possible after three or
four months of no real progress in inspections that President Bush will simply
say: 'That's it. We're not satisfied, and the U.N. shouldn't be satisfied
either,'" said a senior administration official who requested anonymity.
That is likely to be a tough sell at the United Nations, but U.S. officials
say Resolution 1441, which authorized the current round of weapons inspections
in Iraq, requires no more.
The resolution says that "false statement or omissions" in Iraq's declaration
and "failure by Iraq at any time to comply with and cooperate fully in the
implementation of this resolution" will constitute a material breach of
As a result, Washington is increasingly focusing on what Saddam hasn't
shown, declared or admitted--the sins of omission--instead of flashy new
"The fact that the inspectors have not yet come up with new evidence of
Iraq's WMD program could be evidence in and of itself of Iraq's non-
cooperation," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday.
He asserted that the inspectors have neither the duty nor ability to uncover
concealed weaponry. Their responsibility, Rumsfeld added, is only to confirm
the evidence of voluntary and total disarmement by a "cooperative country."
The effort to develop a backup plan reflects the realization that even the
best U.S. intelligence may not lead to the kind of discoveries that would win
world backing for military intervention to force Iraq to disarm.