Denial and Deception: On October 7, 2002, George W. Bush said: "Eleven years ago, as a condition for ending the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi regime was required to destroy its weapons of mass destruction, to cease all development of such weapons, and to stop all support for terrorist groups. The Iraqi regime has violated all of those obligations. It possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons." Today--surprise, surprise--he says the fruitless search for WMDs is off. The newsgraphic on the White House website, a remnant of the attack-Iraq marketing campaign, is pricelesss--"Iraq. Denial and Deception." So true. Night and Day: Compare the Bush administration's prewar posturing about WMDs with its more recent statements. And: Despite its human and financial toll, Bush says the war was "absolutely" worth it.

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