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The press is reporting on the discovery (and detonation) of a roadside bomb discovered in Iraq, which released a “small quantity” of sarin gas. The gas temporarily bothered two American soldiers, and (presumably) put them off their lunch. But that’s about it.

Clearly relieved to finally have some "happy" news to crow about, the right-wing blogosphere is all over this, hyping this story as proof positive that Bush wasn’t jerking America around about the need to invade Iraq.

So maybe it’s time to revisit what Bush told America in his 2003 SOTU speech:

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. In such quantities, these chemical agents could also kill untold thousands. He’s not accounted for these materials. He has given no evidence that he has destroyed them.

Note to the right-wingers: It’s kind of easy to feel that Bush has been vindicated, but that’s only because the bar has been set so low. That’s what happens with failure after failure. Oh . . . and haven’t you been burned before by jumping to premature conclusions based on vague press reports (i.e., the "mobile labs")?