WMD WATCH. ...

WMD WATCH. Pete Hoekstra and Rick Santorum have solved the mystery of the missing WMDs. And believe me kids, it's a doozy:

On Wednesday, at our request, the director of national intelligence declassified six "key points" from a National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) report on the recovery of chemical munitions in Iraq. The summary was only a small snapshot of the entire report, but even so, it brings new information to the American people. "Since 2003," the summary states, "Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent," which remains "hazardous and potentially lethal." So there are WMDs in Iraq, and they could kill Americans there or all over the world.

So all along, the WMDs have been hidden by -- drum roll please -- the Bush administration, who refused to let on that they went to war to discover moderate stockpiles of degraded mustard gas. How weird. If the American people aren't going to support sacrificing 2,500 of their countrymen and $1.27 trillion to unearth small quantities of a blister agent used by the British in 1919, then what will they support!?

By the way -- here's a quick test to see if the WMD talk you're hearing is worth a lick of spit. If the controversy is over declassifying an administration report, as it is in this case, write it off. If the Bushies actually could find some serious weapons stockpiles in Iraq, Karl Rove would personally knock on your door to tell you so. To believe that they're just keeping such politically beneficial information just defies reason.

--Ezra Klein

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