Here's a Washington Times article with quotes from Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the exile group the Iraqi National Congress, admitting that he exaggerated Saddam's weapons programs.

"We are heroes in error," he said in Baghdad on Wednesday. "As far as we're concerned, we've been entirely successful.

"Our objective has been achieved. That tyrant Saddam is gone, and the Americans are in Baghdad. What was said before is not important."

Mr. Chalabi added: "The Bush administration is looking for a scapegoat. We're ready to fall on our swords if [President Bush] wants."

Interesting. There were certainly plenty of reasons to topple Saddam Hussein other than WMD, but this deception underscores the need for America to redevelop our own effective -- and loyal -- intelligence sources. Otherwise we'll be forced to rely on others with motives of their own.



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