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April 12, 2006

WaPo: Bush Called Discovered Trailers WMD Labs Despite Unanimous Refutation of WMD Experts;
Actual WMD Experts: It Depends On The Meaning of the Word "Unanimous"

After catigating the President for making a statement he should already have known was false, based upon the "unanimous" findings of a report sent to the Pentagon, the WaPo reporter makes a curious statement, much later in the article:

Intelligence analysts involved in high-level discussions about the trailers noted that the technical team was among several groups that analyzed the suspected mobile labs throughout the spring and summer of 2003. Two teams of military experts who viewed the trailers soon after their discovery concluded that the facilities were weapons labs, a finding that strongly influenced views of intelligence officials in Washington, the analysts said. "It was hotly debated, and there were experts making arguments on both sides," said one former senior official who spoke on the condition that he not be identified.

As Confederate Yankee notes, the article deliberately uses the word "unanimous" in a misleading way. The one team were unanimous within their team that the labs weren't related to bioweapons, but other teams had determined the trailers were used for just that.

That's like saying the country voted unanimously for Kerry in 2004 -- among Kerry voters, that is.


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