Atrios points out that the artless phrase “weapons of mass destruction-related program activities” wasn’t original, but actually appeared last October in an OpEd piece written by Republican congressman Peter Hoekstra of Michigan. Actually, the lifted quotation goes farther than that; both speech and article talk about “dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations.” No, really.
Winston Smith of Philosoraptor doesn’t think much of the phrase.
Kevin Drum of CalPundit (whose post provided three of the four items mentioned here – plagiarism runs wild!) has this nifty timeline:
March 2003: Weapons of mass destruction.
June 2003: Weapons of mass destruction programs.
October 2003: Weapons of mass destruction-related programs.
January 2004: Weapons of mass destruction-related program activities.
Finally, USA Today offers some actually-really-good contextualizing of Bush’s statements in the speech.