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Bush Aide Leads White House Offensive on Iraqi Weapons

The White House went on the offensive today on the issue of Iraq’s weapons program, as President Bush’s national security adviser brushed aside calls for an independent investigation into pre-war intelligence. The adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said Saddam Hussein had contemptuously rejected many opportunities to tell the world about the weapons of mass destruction that he had or did not have. And she asserted, as top Bush aides have done repeatedly, that the ouster of Mr. Hussein was a good thing. While acknowledging the uncertainties that are inherent to intelligence-gathering and analysis, Dr. Rice insisted that Mr. Bush had had no real choice but to invade Iraq. “The president’s judgment to go to war was based on the fact that Saddam Hussein had for 12 years defied the international community, refused to account for large stockpiles of weapons,” she said in an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” program. “Nobody could count on the good will of Saddam Hussein to tell us that he did not have anthrax or botulinum toxin. He didn’t even try.’ Full Story

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