Even one prominent career State Department official and notorious, embittered critic of President Bush’s foreign policy has noted that some of the hullabaloo surrounding the Downing Street Memo is overblown:
…on Thursday, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson admitted that “we all believed” Saddam had WMD.
“I believe the threat to the United States posed by Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction — which we all believed he had — could have been dealt with using something less violent than the invasion, conquest and occupation of Iraq,” Wilson said in a response to a question from Cybercast News Service following a Democrat-sponsored hearing on the matter.
Wilson’s comment, that “we all believed” Saddam had WMD, appeared to contradict the memo itself and whether “intelligence and facts” would need to be “fixed around the policy” of invading Iraq if the general consensus was that Saddam possessed WMD.
Of course, Wilson and his ilk have a lot more to be pessimistic and antagonistic about. But the “Bush Lied, People Died,” KoolAid-drinking, MoveOn.org true believers look that much sillier anyway.