The Ellis Henican appearance on Bill O'Reilly's Friday night (10-26-07) editorial program once again brings to mind one severe lack of logic in the debate about the run-up to the Iraq war...
That WMDs were not found does not mean that there were no WMDs, only that none have been found. Intelligence from several reliable sources strongly indicates that WMDs were in Iraq, before we attacked. None were found after the passage of all the time it took for our military build-up and for the war zone to become somewhat stablilized after we defeated Saddam Hussein's forces. That allowed plenty of time to spirit any and all WMDs out of the country.
One incident which lends credence to such logic is the MiG jet fighter which was found buried alongside a major road (near Taqqadum airfield), which our soldiers had been using for many weeks, but which was not revealed until an Iraqi stopped some soldiers and exhorted them to "dig here, dig here... you will find something!" If a 25-ton jet fighter can be so easily hidden, then WMDs can also be easily hidden. The same thing goes for the Syrian nuclear facility, which wasn't on anybody's "radar screen" until the Israelis identified it and struck it. But until that time, there apparently was no Syrian nuclear facility... if we blindly follow the popular rhetoric of flawed logic.
It should be pointed out that lack of hard evidence only means there is a lack of hard evidence... not that there never was any evidence, and certainly not that the original supposition was a deliberate lie, perpetrated by a supposedly corrupt administration. Early surveillance photos revealed tractor-trailers parked outside of suspected Iraqi facilities, shortly before we decided to attack. Those disappeared, and were never found. Do you think they could have been driven away, filled chock-full with lots of stuff? (Naah... there's no sense to that, is there?)
You may believe this or not, as you wish... most of the best intel points to the WMDs having been spirited to Iran (where many of Iraq's military aircraft ended up) and the Bekaa Valley (under control of the Syrians and Hamas)... either one, a chilling thought.
In WW-III (or any war), rhetoric just doesn't cut it. The nyah-nyah-nyah juvenile name-calling of political opposition carries no weight. The only things which do carry weight are the undeniable fact that approximately 3,000 people died in a concerted attack of the mainland U.S., that there is a worldwide movement to destroy democracy and subjugate everyone else, and that our soldiers are on the front lines, in the enemy's back yard, dying, trying to quell a major part of that murderous movement.
Just keep sitting back in your easy-chairs... until your family falls victim to this terrorism. Maybe then you'll be interested in what's going on, all over planet Earth. Maybe then, you'll join the fight... or maybe you'll just continue to sit back and enjoy your freedom to make noise and point fingers, and let others fight for you...
And for those of you who are fighting every day to keep the free world free, and to free those parts which are enslaved (whether you are bearing arms or not)... "Have courage and share it with others."