# News Has the search for WMDs officially ended?

1. Jan 13, 2005

### klusener

I have been hearing this from a couple of news sources, might be old news in your country..

2. Jan 13, 2005

### Mattius_

Yes I heard the official searches ended just yesterday... Any confirmation and explanation would we nice

3. Jan 13, 2005

### wasteofo2

Haven't you guys heard? WMD were found a long time ago, there's no need to keep searching anymore.

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4. Jan 16, 2005

### BobG

Yes, the US's search for WMD has ended.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=16&u=/ap/20050113/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_iraq_weapons_15 [Broken]

No need for Bush to apologize, though. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6831621/)

Of course, the rest of the world's opinion suggests there's been at least one weakness in Bush's policies.

For the less mathematically inclined, "continue to do a better job" is somewhat similar to constant acceleration, or "continue to go even faster". For the more mathematically inclined, that equates to:

$$p_f = p_i - w t + 1/2 e t^2$$

where $$p_f$$ = final public opinion
$$p_i$$ = initial public opinion
$$w t$$ = war multiplied by duration of war
$$e t^2$$ = quality of explanations multiplied by duration of war squared

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5. Jan 16, 2005

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
As long as $e>0,~p_f~$ will eventually turn positive. And all it takes is an infinitely long war. Hallelujah !

And for those that are stymied by Waste's link, The Onion is not a serious news source. It only parodies news events - a print equivalent to the Daily Show.

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6. Jan 16, 2005

### polyb

You mean I've have been getting all my news from the wrong source? :surprised :grumpy:

Maybe I should consider watching Fox? :rofl:

Hey didnt Jeraldo Rivera find the WMDs? :rofl:

I thought I saw Jr. running around the oval office looking for them! Maybe he is now looking for them in the Lincoln bedroom! I thought for sure he'd find'em!:rofl:

7. Jan 17, 2005

### wasteofo2

Excuse me? Are you trying to tell me that North Korea and Iran do NOT have WMD? That's not what the Bush Administration has said. Officials in the Bush administration, and Bush himself, have said at many times that Iran and North Korea do have WMD, but we are going to try diplomacy with them instead of war. They are part of the Axis of Evil afterall.

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8. Jan 17, 2005

### Locrian

Hah is there someone that didn't know this? I'm shocked this even needed stating, it is obvious to me it was a joke when he posted it.

Besides, I think the onion article, though a parody, was rather insightful in this case.

9. Jan 17, 2005

### Pyrovus

Nice of them to finally admit that they would have attacked Iraq even if they did know there were no WMD, blatantly contradicting the pre-war lie that the whole reason for invading was about WMD.

10. Jan 17, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

That's said a lot, and its still isn't true. That was always 1 of 3 reasons to go. It may have been the main reason, but it wasn't the "whole" reason.

11. Jan 17, 2005

### polyb

So what were the other 2 again, if you care to enlighten us?

12. Jan 17, 2005

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
But it was the linchpin ! Without this reason, neither Congress nor the people, would have been sold on the idea (which is kind of sad). And that's why it was the the most repeated and emphasized point in the campaign for the War. So much so, that Bush, Cheney, Rice, McClellan and others were repeatedly using very shady "intelligence" to support and reinforce this claim, rather than tell the people that it's time to give the Iraqis a break from Saddam's oppression.

Reason number 2, was the al Qaeda/9-11 connection.

13. Jan 17, 2005

### tumor

Blair went to war because he said that Evil Saddam Hussein can drop in 45 min bomb on London . Bush was even more funnier.Who is the third stooge ? Howard from Australia ? he looks more intelligent.

14. Jan 18, 2005

### Polly

Thanks to GWB I have finally come to understand that a satirist is the natural outcome of chronic sadness and seething anger.

15. Jan 18, 2005

### Smurf

Once again polly you have graced us with your insightfull perspectives on human behaviour.

16. Jan 18, 2005

### Polly

Unfortunately my little darling, flattery will get you nowhere :rofl: .