China compares the pace of lab leaks to the United States’ ‘hyping up’ weapons of mass destruction ahead of the Iraq War.
China questioned the veracity of America’s desire to investigate the likelihood that COVID-19 was created in a lab by linking it to the discussions that took place prior to the Iraq War.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology was originally rejected as a fringe conspiracy idea, but America’s intelligence agency hasn’t ruled it out as a starting point. Since the beginning of the pandemic, China has vehemently opposed the theory, claiming it is counter to science, a smear campaign against Beijing, and a political ploy by the US.
During a Thursday briefing, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin compared the “vigorous hyping up” of the lab leak idea by American politicians to the “hyping up” of the statement that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction in the early 2000s.
“Its modus operandi remains unchanged: dismiss authoritative international organizations’ opinions, apply the presumption of guilt, and try to deceive the public with charges from some officials and intelligence officers that have no factual basis,” Wang added.
The assumption that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction contributed to the Iraq War’s inception. The Bush administration was heavily chastised for failing to find the weapons, and some popularized the slogan “Bush lied.” People were killed.”
Former President George W. Bush maintained his opinion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction as a “universal consensus” within Congress and around the world in a biography published in 2010. The intelligence community “came out to be inaccurate” about Saddam’s possession of weapons of mass destruction, according to Ari Fleischer, Bush’s former press secretary, but that is “quite different from lying.”
Fleischer wrote on Twitter, “The reality is that President Bush (and I as press secretary) fairly and honestly presented to the people what the intelligence community concluded.”
The media was also chastised at the time for reporting the White House’s narrative. Michael Gordon, Wang pointed out, was one of the reporters who received a lot of flack for an article about Hussein’s alleged possession of deadly weapons. People chastised him for citing anonymous sources, but he stuck by his decision to write the post years later.
He told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! that he didn’t. This is a brief summary.