More WMD Pie in the Sky
According to Douglas Jehl of the New York Times, , in a January, 2003 conversation with Tony Blair, George W. Bush said that he “wanted to go beyond Iraq in dealing with WMD proliferation, mentioning in particular Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea and Pakistan.”
What is odd about this list is that Pakistan is a US ally and rolling back its nuclear program would be impossible unless India gave up its, as well (unlikely); Saudi Arabia is not known to have any “weapons of mass destruction; ” and Iran’s capability in that area is presently very limited (no nukes, maybe some old mustard gas from the 1980s, and unproved allegations of some experimentation with biological weapons).
How to explain Bush’s strange agenda? Well, when someone doesn’t read the newspapers and doesn’t know anything about the wider world, and just accepts whatever close aides tell him, then he might easily believe 10 impossible things before breakfast. The real question is who his aides are really working for, who wants Bush to believe these dangerous fantasies.