The Right Coast

January 28, 2004
The State Dep't and WMD
By Michael Rappaport

A good point made by Jonah Goldberg at the Corner regarding the WMD issue:
    The emphasis on WMDs was largely the result of lawyers at the State Dept. thinking that was the only "legal" reason we could go to war. To the extent the post-Iraq failure to find WMDs is a disaster for the United States in terms of its credibility, its relationships with allies etc. one could argue that the fault lies in the fact that George W. Bush listened too much to Colin Powell and the State Department instead of the hawks, since it was the Wolfowitz crowd which wanted to emphasize freedom, democracy, stability and the war on terror.
I know everything can't be Powell's fault, but it sure does look like that way.