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Didn't call President Bush a 'liar'

December 23, 2003

Dear Editor:

In his reply to my letter of Dec. 18, Gil Russell said that "Brian Cooney repeatedly asserts that the president of the United States is a 'liar'." In fact, my only use of the lword was in reference to the indictment of President Clinton. When Mr. Russell used quotation marks around "liar," he was incorrectly claiming that I used that word. A six-year veteran of the Defense Intelligence Agency should be more careful in reporting what someone has written.

What I said in my letter is that President Bush and Colin Powell made numerous "false claims" in support of going to war. "False" means the opposite of "true." Bush and his assistants repeatedly claimed they "knew" that Iraq had WMDs even though, as we have since learned, the CIA was unsure. Perhaps the president sincerely believed what he wanted to believe. He tried to frighten us with images of Saddam using atomic bombs and poison gas against our people. Yet, after eight months of intense searching by a 1,400-strong American team, no trace has been found in Iraq of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, or even of an active program to develop them.

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Mr. Russell cites as "evidence" for WMDs in Iraq the thousands of Iranians and Kurds Saddam's regime killed with chemical weapons. He doesn't mention that these incidents occurred in the 1980s during Iraq's war with Iran. After the U.S. defeated Iraq in the 1991 Gulf war, economic sanctions and demolition by U.N. weapons inspectors appear to have ended Saddam's WMD capability. In the early months of 2003, U. N. weapons inspectors returned to Iraq shortly before the U.S. invaded. CBS News reported on Feb. 20 that the inspectors were complaining that American tips about where they should look for WMDs "have led to one dead end after another."

Mr. Russell asks what "credentials" I have for making my assertions. My credentials are that I can read. Since we are citizens with a responsibility to vote, we need to read as much as we can in order to decide for ourselves when to believe what we're told by our government. It's our patriotic duty.

Brian Cooney

Danville

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