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    Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Pete Hoekstra proved Iraq had WMDs

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    Rick Santorum and Pete Hoekstra hyped pre-Gulf War weapons to justify the 2003 invasion


    Santorum and Hoekstra held a press conference in 2006 to tout a declassified intelligence-report summary showing that small amounts of pre-Gulf War chemical munitions had been found in Iraq. Intelligence officials were quick to point that this was not the same thing as Saddam Hussein having had an ongoing weapons of mass destruction program prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    CNN national security correspondent David Ensor reported shortly after the announcement, "Charles Duelfer, the CIA's weapons inspector, tells us the weapons are all pre-Gulf War-vintage shells, no longer effective weapons. Not evidence, he says, of an ongoing WMD program under Saddam Hussein." The Washington Post also reported that "[n]either the military nor the White House nor the CIA considered the shells to be evidence of what was alleged by the Bush administration to be a current Iraqi program to make chemical, biological and nuclear weapons."