"Droginâ€™s account of the search for weapons of mass destruction after Baghdad fell would be hilarious were the facts not scandalous and the implications not tragic," George Will wrote about Bob Droginâ€™s new book, "Curveball," about the Iraqi defector who lied about weapons of mass destruction. "That missile spotted by analysts of satellite imagery? It was a rotating steel drum for drying corn. The missile photographed from the air? Chickens in Iraq are raised in long, low half-cylinder coops. Some weapons searchers finally had T-shirts printed with the U.N. symbol and the words â€˜Ballistic Chicken Farm Inspection Team.â€™ In the middle of the night in Baghdad, Vice President Cheneyâ€™s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, was calling from Washington with precise geographic coordinates to guide searchers to Iraqâ€™s hidden WMDs. The supposed hiding place was in Lebanon."
Will notes how, at the time, many people didnâ€™t believe Curveball, including the intelligence agencies in Britain and Germany. But key people in the Bush administration did. As a result, Will wrote, "he greased the slide to war by nourishing the certitudes of people whose confidence made them blind to his implausibility."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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