Report on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Hallucination out

[Updated] The final report compiled by the US-led 1,700-member Iraq Survey Team–as expected–reported it had found no weapons of mass destruction, and “[b]ased on evidence available … it is unlikely that an official transfer of WMD material from Iraq to Syria took place. However ISG was unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials.”

But the Bush Administration retains some plausible deniability. Julian Borger wrote in that, “The report reserves its most scathing remarks for the manner in which military intelligence went looking for weapons immediately after the war.” Because the search was so badly mishandled, the Bush Administration will be able to escape some blame by pointing to poor intelligence coordination (which has since supposedly been rectified through reform). And we still don’t really know whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or not.

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