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No Sign Yet of Iraqi WMD

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This is a good read:

No Sign Yet of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction


Twelve days into the invasion of Iraq, there is no sign of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction, the primary rationale for the U.S.-led war now pummeling the country.
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"It's impossible to prove a negative, but Iraq maintained that its weapons were destroyed and the U.S. maintained Iraq was lying. That's what this war was supposed to be about," said Jon Wolfsthal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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The Washington Post reported on Sunday that U.S. special forces had already pursued their 10 best intelligence leads in Iraq but came up dry at each location.
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But U.S. officials are leaving themselves wiggle room in case the weapons do not materialize. Rumsfeld said "dozens of trucks" had been seen moving things out of one facility, "so there may be nothing left."
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Even if WMD are found in Iraq, Bush could have a problem -- convincing a skeptical, often hostile world the United States did not "plant" the arms to justify its case against Saddam. For that reason, key European leaders have urged Washington to involve U.N. inspectors in the hunt, something U.S. officials oppose.
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