PAUL KRUGMAN ON CAUSES

❄ PAUL KRUGMAN ON CAUSES

Take a look at Paul Krugman’s 29 April 2003 column in The New York Times, in which he offers these views on motive for the Iraq war, and then suggests that in a democracy officials have a duty to tell the truth:

OP-ED COLUMNIST

Matters of Emphasis

By PAUL KRUGMAN

“We were not lying,” a Bush administration official told ABC News. “But it was just a matter of emphasis.” The official was referring to the way the administration hyped the threat that Saddam Hussein posed to the United States. According to the ABC report, the real reason for the war was that the administration “wanted to make a statement.” And why Iraq? “Officials acknowledge that Saddam had all the requirements to make him, from their standpoint, the perfect target.”

A British newspaper, The Independent, reports that “intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were furious that briefings they gave political leaders were distorted in the rush to war.” One “high-level source” told the paper that “they ignored intelligence assessments which said Iraq was not a threat.”

Sure enough, we have yet to find any weapons of mass destruction. It’’s hard to believe that we won’’t eventually find some poison gas or crude biological weapons. But those aren’t true W.M.D.’s, the sort of weapons that can make a small, poor country a threat to the greatest power the world has ever known. Remember that President Bush made his case for war by warning of a “mushroom cloud.” Clearly, Iraq didn’’t have anything like that—and Mr. Bush must have known that it didn’’t.


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