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Iraq's WMD were a mirage, despite claims to the contrary

8:15 AM EST, December 30, 2011

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There is no dispute that Iraq used chemical weapons against its own people in the 1980s and in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein was most threatened with regime change.

But has letter writer Michael DeCicco, who accused The Sun of hiding this fact, forgotten that some of those weapons were bought from the U.S. ("Iraq's chemical weapons stocks were well documented," Dec. 28)?

None other than Donald Rumsfeld flew to Iraq to seal that deal in 1985. Your critic contends The Sun was "pants on fire" when it claimed Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. He seems to be forgetting that if that were the case, such weapons surely would have been used on American soldiers occupying the country over the last eight years.

At the very least, such weapons would have been found. Mr. DiCicco's criticism is an artless post hoc rationalization for a preemptive war that never should have been waged. He could go one-on-one with anybody when it comes to reckless disregard for the truth and wishful hyperbole.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore