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Do you remember Bush crowing triumphantly, “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories” when those two trailers were found in Iraq? It has been apparent for years that Bush was lying, but it is now also apparent that he knew he was lying at the time. As noted in the Washington Post this morning,

A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq -- not made public until now -- had already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president's statement.

The three-page field report and a 122-page final report three weeks later were stamped “secret” and shelved. Meanwhile, for nearly a year, administration and intelligence officials continued to publicly assert that the trailers were weapons factories.

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"Within the first four hours," said one team member, who like the others spoke on the condition he not be named, "it was clear to everyone that these were not biological labs."

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…the trailers were "impractical for biological agent production," lacking 11 components that would be crucial for making bioweapons. Instead, the trailers were "almost certainly designed and built for the generation of hydrogen," the survey group reported. [emphasis added]

Tom Tomorrow has some questions for conservatives in light of this revelation:

Why do you still believe anything this administration says? How many times do you have to be shown that pretty much everything they tell you is a lie before you stop trusting them? Seriously, do you have some kind of mental disorder, or are you just not very smart? (Or do you understand that it’s all bullshit, but don’t care?)

His questions are phrased more harshly than I would prefer, but I wish someone would have enough cojones to answer them. (I also think it unfair that he asks them of conservatives, rather than Republicans. There are often, especially lately, distinctions to be drawn between the two. Conservatives of principle are nearly as likely as liberals to ask these questions.)

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