Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (Washington Post's Thomas Ricks Courageously Waits Four Years To Tell Us What He Thought About Iraq's WMD
Jonathan Schwarz is disgusted by Thomas Ricks of the Washington Post:
A Tiny Revolution: Washington Post's Thomas Ricks Courageously Waits Four Years To Tell Us What He Thought About Iraq's WMD: Here's Thomas Ricks, telling us in a recent Time Magazine roundtable that he never believed Iraq had WMD:
TIME: On the eve of the war, which of you believed that we would go in and find no WMD?...Why did you feel that way, Tom?
RICKS: I thought that at most they would find some old mustard gas buried out in the '91 war that somebody had forgotten about. I remember asking the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs about a week before the invasion, "You don't know where the stuff is, do you?"
Here's Thomas Ricks before the war--not telling us what he believed, but instead writing down exactly what the U.S. government said. Note that Myers was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to whom Ricks addressed his "You don't know where the stuff is, do you?" question:
Myers Depicts War on Two Fronts By Thomas E. Ricks Wednesday, March 5, 2003: ...One major early mission of U.S. forces would be to locate and secure Iraq's suspected arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, [General Richard] Myers said. The U.S. government expects to learn far more about those weapons programs once its forces invade Iraq. At that point, he said, the "giant shell game" played by the Iraqi government to conceal its weapons "would come to a halt," and instead "people would come forward and say, 'Here's where this is, here's where that is.' "
Audacious Mission, Awesome Risks By Rick Atkinson and Thomas E. Ricks Sunday, March 16, 2003: ...Overhanging the entire operation is the prospect that Iraq could use chemical or biological weapons.... A major risk is that Iraqi units might try to lie low as the ground attack thrusts northward and then try to attack the vulnerable supply columns that follow.... A major mission of Special Operations will be leading the hunt for chemical and biological weapons...
U.S. Airstrikes Open War on Iraq By Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Thomas E. Ricks Thursday, March 20, 2003: One Army commander put the odds of Iraq possessing chemical weapons at "80 to 90 percent," but there still is no consensus on whether those weapons are likely to be used, much less used effectively...