It’s just a whisper now, but it could grow into a roar.
It seems that ever since the first soldiers crossed into Iraqi territory, the ADD-stricken press has been running stories about the fact that no significant quantities of weapons of mass destruction have been found.
At the time, I thought the stories were laughably premature. I still do, sort of, since we’ve never known exactly where the weapons are stored (if we knew that, the inspectors would have found something, dontcha think?), and since it will take time for the search effort to reach critical mass and produce results.
Still, though, today’s story concerns me. Why aren’t the Iraqi scientists talking? That they would refuse to be interviewed or provide vital details while being “minded” by Saddam’s henchmen is one thing. But why, now, with the nation free of the Baathist menace, are the scientists still denying that there was any functional WMD program in the country?
A scary, horrible thought has begun to creep into my mind: that either the Iraqis are great at hiding vast research programs and weaponry, or the country did not have a WMD program nearly as robust and theatening as the administration claimed.
If the latter is true, then the implications will be devastating, not only for the president himself, but also for the United States’ already-damaged credibility in the world.
If it is true, then dark clouds will appear over the White House, as Bush will be charged with unnecessarily sacrificing American lives, and ineptly prosecuting wars that left both Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein still at large (something that Bush’s opponents are unwilling to state due to his current popularity).
I won’t rush to judgement. Indeed, I hope we find the tons of toxins that the Security Council repeatedly agreed Iraq posessed. And I certainly still think the war was worth it anyway, as the images on television and stories in the paper assure me each day.
But something tells me they’d better find something before the scandal-obsessed press kicks into high gear. Because if they don’t, there will be hell to pay.