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BUSH OFFICIAL: IRAQI "INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY" JUSTIFIED WAR

The Bush Administration is backtracking -- hard -- from their pre-war claims that Iraq had stockpiles of biological and chemical arms.It doesn't matter whether or not Iraq actually had any of the toxins in their possession, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs John Bolton said today. What counts is that Iraq had the "intellectual capacity" to build these uncoventional weapons.As Global Security Newswire notes, this directly contradicts statements made by the president during the build-up to war.In his March 17 televised address, Bush said, "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised." (emphasis mine)

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