May 31, 2003

WHAT WMD?

INSIDER INTERVIEW: House Minority Leader Pelosi: 'One District At A Time' (National Journal, May 28, 2003
Q: What would your response be if no weapons of mass destruction are found in Iraq?

A: People have lost their lives. I would not want to leave the impression that because we have not found weapons of mass destruction, it was not a worthy sacrifice. So, I don't place a high premium on it. I said from day one that the intelligence did not support the threat [from Iraq] that the administration was putting forth, in terms of weapons of mass destruction. As far as chemical and biological weapons, it's a very dangerous neighborhood. A number of countries in the region are developing those programs. It would be likely that Iraq would have them too. They may be found. They may not. But I would not want to diminish in any way the sacrifice of those who went and fought.

Q: Did the president mislead us?

A: I would never characterize the president taking us into war as misleading us, because it's just too serious a decision for him to make. We just have to go beyond this, though other countries will not. But the sacrifice has been made.

The press may not have figured out yet that the presence or absence of WMD in Iraq doesn't much matter, but the Democrats who have to try and win back the Congress certainly have. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 31, 2003 11:09 PM
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