* the u.s. is broadening its language to provide a rationale for iraq invasion. this take reflects the increasing desparation with which the u.s. is acting to that end. the new word is: intention. the hunt for wmd will now also include whether saddam "intended" to construct wmd. charles duelfer, appointed to replace david kay, said before a senate committee:
"What we want is a comprehensive picture not just simply answering questions - were there weapons, were there not weapons [...] We're looking at it from soup to nuts - from the weapons end to the planning end and to the intentions end."
"A Democratic senator has accused CIA Director George Tenet of making false statements regarding Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction."
"US Secretary of State Colin Powell now says it is an "open question" as to whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction."
* whilst blix, as ever, maintains that they were all destroyed in 1991 anyway. which is probably the assumption that is most likely to be correct.