Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on Friday:
Inhofe, speaking to the press before Cheney’s arrival, lambasted Democrats for Thursday’s Senate vote to begin withdrawal from Iraq by Oct. 1 and the press for "mischaracterizing" the reasons for U.S. involvement.Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) in August 2002:
"The whole idea of weapons of mass destruction was never the issue, yet they keep trying to bring this up," Inhofe said. […]
Pressed for an explanation, Inhofe said weapons of mass destruction were "incidental" to the decision to invade Iraq.
"The media made that the issue because they knew Saddam Hussein had used weapons of mass destruction."
"Our intelligence system has said that we know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction — I believe including nuclear. There's not one person on this panel who would tell you unequivocally that he doesn’t have the missile means now, or is nearly getting the missile means to deliver a weapon of mass destruction. And I for one am not willing to wait for that to happen."Senator Inhofe is 73 years old so maybe he isn't too familiar with the fact that 'the tubes' allow us to fact check his current dishonest, self-serving drivel against the factless, partisan drivel that fell out of his mouth five years ago.
That said, weapons of mass destruction were "incidental" to the reasons for going into Iraq? "Smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud" anybody? Is he that contemptuous towards the intelligence of the American People? Did he really think we're so stupid to forget the Bush Administration's arguments about mobile weapons labs, anthrax, and YELLOW CAKE FROM NIGER?
In the end, what shocks me most is that he has the audacity to go on record spouting such obvious lies for self-serving reasons.
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