Elizabeth Dole appeared on Meet the Press this morning and after watching it, I can come to only two conclusions - she's dumb or she's lying. I'm inclined to believe that it is both, but the reason for my beliefs is that fact that she dusted off an old canard in regards to justifying the invasion and occupation of Iraq; namely, nuclear weapons.
When remarking on the recently handed down and purely politcally motivated and time verdict on Saddam, she stated that he was "a madman who had in his focus the preparation of nuclear weapons."
Of course, this is patently false as the definitive report on the matter concluded
Saddam Husayn ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program. … Although Saddam clearly assigned a high value to the nuclear progress and talent that had been developed up to the 1991 war, the program ended and the intellectual capital decayed in the succeeding years.
Which brings me back to my original question - is she dumb or is she lying. In this case, I'm going to go with dumb. The argument over justification for the war is a useless endeavor. Bush and his ilk know exactly why we went to war with Iraq, and it had nothing to do with avenging 9/11 or spreading democracy in the middle east or saving Iraqis from the iron fist rule of Saddam or weapons of mass destruction or any of the countless other reasons the thrust upon the American public. Going back the nuclear card would be useless exercise in the context of Dole's reply. Which basically puts her directly and correctly in the "dumb" category. And really, is the idea that Elizabeth Dole being a blockhead that much of a stretch?