Hi 94 / Lo 74
|Volume 68, Issue
150, Monday, June 23, 2003
Bridget Brown Matthew Dulin
Time for proof
President Kennedy went on television in October 1962 and showed the American public grainy, black-and-white photos of imminent destruction -- nuclear missiles being stockpiled in Cuba, well within striking distance of sensitive U.S. targets.
The enemy of the day, communism, drove the American fear machine then, but we were shown proof of what to be afraid of -- not communism, but nuclear holocaust.
While the world has changed since then, when Americais enemies were states -- not terror groups -- the American publicis need to know hasnit.
Kennedy showed the world pictures and said what he was going to do about it.
The Bush administration put out a lot of powerful statements about Iraqis weapons of mass destruction and their imminent threat to U.S. interests. Having weapons of mass destruction pointed at us does necessitate some kind of action; having figments of them is not.
Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee told The Associated Press on Sunday that the Iraq WMD issue is a "cloud hanging over (the White Houseis) credibility, their word. They need to get that dealt with, taken care of, removed."
While the Intelligence Committee has yet to find evidence of manipulation or misuse of evidence, it is intent on resolving the question.
The White House couldive avoided this mess by being more up front about its evidence, first with the American people and second with the international community.
Intelligence-gathering technology has come a long way from the high-powered cameras fitted onto U-2 spy planes of the 1960s — itis hard to understand why the United Statesi best and brightest couldnit seem to find these stockpiled weapons.
Federal agents can track down people growing marijuana in California using infrared scanners. Thereis no reason why we canit easily detect nuclear weapons or volatile biological agents with other hi-tech methods.
The weapons, we hope, are there simply so there can be some solace in knowing the War on Iraq actually did the world some good besides ousting Saddam Hussein.
Bush and Co. could do the world a whole lot of good now by coughing up the proof that sent us to war.
How about some pictures?
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