Are we really going to have the WMD debate again?

ARE WE REALLY GOING TO HAVE THE WMD DEBATE AGAIN?…. It’s been nearly eight years since the Bush/Cheney administration launched its spectacularly misguided invasion of Iraq, and certain truths are unavoidable. Near the top of the list: U.S. officials said Saddam Hussein’s regime had stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons, and quite possibly a nuclear program. None of this was true.

And yet, that’s not what “Fox & Friends” viewers were told yesterday. Steve Doocy insisted, “It turns out President George W. Bush was right about Saddam Hussein hiding weapons of mass destruction…. Bush was right; they had ’em.” Later in the show, Gretchen Carlson said nearly the exact same thing.


It’s hard to know whether to be annoyed or sad that Republicans are still trying to win the long-completed debate over WMD. Either way, in case anyone is wondering if Fox News might be right, Media Matters sets the record straight: “Right-wing media figures have seized on a Wired article about the classified Iraq war documents recently released by to desperately claim “Bush was right” that Saddam Hussein had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). In fact, the Wired article reported the documents did not ‘reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime,’ but rather remnants of the stockpiles largely destroyed during the Gulf War.”

The Wired article is online here. The cast of “Fox & Friends” may want to read it before offering an on-air correction, which should happen right around the time Brian Kilmeade rides onto the set on a unicorn.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.