TITLE

Saddam's "Bluff"

AUTHOR(S)
Hart, Peter
PUB. DATE
February 2004
SOURCE
Extra!;Feb2004, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Once the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq produced nothing but a few false alarms in the media, a new theory was being advanced by some outlets. The idea that Iraq had such weapons was really a well-orchestrated bluff by Saddam Hussein, telling the world false tales about his imaginary weapons. The "Los Angeles Times" was one outlet that floated this theory. Weeks later, the "Washington Post" offered a more elaborate version of the theory. This theory, advanced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency weapons inspector David Kay in his preliminary report to the U.S. Congress, was reported widely in the media. There's certainly no hard evidence in the public domain that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein or his associates were hinting that they might have banned weapons, if there had been, even the most casual media observer would have seen such statements repeated countless times in the run-up to the war. But the notion that Iraqis were responsible for creating the idea that they possessed weapons that they didn't really have would certainly let a lot of people off the hook.
ACCESSION #
12225603

 

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