A conservative on conservatives on WMD: Doug Bandow
, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a former special assistant to President Reagan, on WMD:
“The answer matters for the simplest practical reasons. Possible intelligence failures need to be corrected. Washington's loss of credibility should be addressed; saying ‘trust me’ will be much harder for this president in the future or a future president. ...
“It is foolish to turn the Iraq war, a prudential political question, into a philosophical test for conservatism. It is even worse to demand unthinking support for Bush. He should be pressed on the issue of WMD - by conservatives. Fidelity to the Constitution and republican government demands no less.”