On March 17, 2003, George W. Bush appeared before the American people to announce that he had ordered the invasion of Iraq. In a short speech, Bush declared that there was "no doubt" that Saddam Hussein possessed a storehouse of weapons of mass destruction that posed an imminent threat to the security of the United States and the world.
This was offered as a straightforward and unambiguous statement of fact, unqualified by any caveats. It was, of course, a blood libel, the culmination of an intensive propaganda campaign designed to whip up war fever in the populace with lurid images of Saddamite nukes mushrooming in Manhattan and robot spy drones spraying anthrax all over Boise, Idaho.
Later, with the bloodletting underway, chief warlord Don Rumsfeld, bolstered this iron certainty about the existence of Iraq's fearsome weapons, announcing forthrightly: "We know where they are."
He even pinpointed the location: "the area around Tikrit," Saddam's hometown. Again, there was no ambiguity, no doubts, no qualifications