From the HuffPo/Slate/Yahoo presidential mash-up that wasn’t. Exactly the tone of question you’d expect from Arianna’s outfit and delivered by exactly the sort of gent you’d expect them to employ. Hillary changes the subject quickly to the issue of preemptive war, which isn’t what Maher asked her, but she does — as she must — acknowledge briefly that it wasn’t just Bush claiming Saddam had WMDs. From her floor speech in support of the AUMF on October 10, 2002:

In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001.

It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.

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