Everyone's playing WARationale! Anniversary Edition. He has WMD. 10/25/02. (Dick Cheney) The intent to acquire WMD. 9/15/03. (Colin Powell) You can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam. 9/25/02 (George W. Bush) We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. 9/8/02. (Condoleeza Rice) WMD-Related program activities. 1/20/04. (George W. Bush) Whether or not they find WMD doesn't matter, because the rationale for the war changed. Americans like a good picture and one photograph of an Iraqi child kissing a U.S. soldier is more powerful than two months of debate on the floor of Congress. (GOP pollster Frank Lantz) If we waited until war was justified we will have waited too long. 6/1/02 (George W. Bush) For bureaucratic reasons we settle on one issue, WMD, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on. 7/03 (Paul Wolfowitz) Winnebagos of death. 2/5/03 (Colin Powell) A warning to others. An immediate threat. 9/19/02 (Donald Rumsfeld ) This is the guy who tried to kill my dad. 9/26/02 (George W. Bush) The sanctity of UN resolutions. 9/12/02 (George W. Bush) It wasn't our idea, it was Clinton's policy! 1/2/04 (George W. Bush) Everyone else thought they had WMD. 1/29/04 (Condoleeza Rice) Mideast military bases. 7/03 (Paul Wolfowitz) Iraq is the geographic base of the terrorists. 9/14/03 (Dick Cheney) Bombing Iraq will spread democracy throughout the Muslim world. 2/26/03 (George W. Bush) Collect 'em all!
Kirk Anderson's Editorial Cartoons
War is Peace. Torture prevents human rights abuses! Security Council. Buying votes strengthens democracy! Defying the UN preserves its relevance. "Mini Nukes" prevent nuclear weapons! Bunker Buster. Using chemical weapons keeps chemical weapons from being used. C-S Gas. Bombing civilian areas frees them from the constant fear of death. Shock and awe.