I have attempted here to join many posts and ideas into one to make an airtight case that WMDs did exist, maybe not in the form found in the movie Spies Like Us. Which had a Soviet soldier standing over a mobile nuclear tipped ICBM ready to "push the button." I have even argued that the administration should have used the terms agents of mass destruction (AMDs). But this is neither here-nor-there since I feel the below case is sound for there being WMDs as well as AMDs. I will also point out a reason or two for us to enter Iraq even if WMDs were not part of the argument. Enjoy this revision... my last on this topic, it will be my last on WMDs and Iraq.
In this clip, a caller (a conspiratorial anti-Semite) to the Michael Medved Show tries to trip up Paul Wolfowitz on Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Throughout the video I will post some "factoids" and photos that support Wolfowitz and makes the caller look shallow in his knowledge about what he is calling about:
I wanted to rearrange previously posted information that may help the continuing politico in his refuting of "Bumper Sticker Mantras."
Relief Web is the global hub for time-critical humanitarian information on Complex Emergencies and Natural Disasters connected with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. They reported in an article, "Iraq sends 20 planeloads of aid to Syrian victims of dam collapse," the following on June 9th, 2002:
I know this might be hard to believe, but... I call BS. Saddam Hussein said those 20 planeloads contained “humanitarian aid” while he was under U.N. Sanctions and he didn’t have enough food for his own people who dies of malnutrition and lack of medical assistance. But he had enough to send 20 planeloads of “humanitarian aid” to Syria?! Come on. Three news items support this theory/model that these "humanitarian flights" were something else:
1) A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq’s WMD located in three Syrian sites:
2) The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam
Here is an interview with General Sada from the Hannity & Colmes show:
3) AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Jordanian authorities said Monday they have broken up an alleged al Qaeda plot that would have unleashed a deadly cloud of chemicals in the heart of Jordan's capital, Amman.
By-the-by Al-Zarqawi was killed by Coalition Forces June 7, 2006, in Iraq.
These news items show that Saddam was very busy on the Syrian border, and that some chemical weapons made it into Jordan from Syria via a network of Al Qaeda that led right to Iraq. Stephen Hayes compiled much of these connections in his book, The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. Almost two years after his writing it, some more information came out that supported his position. I will first post here the appearance of Stephen Hayes from Hannity and Colmes, after this video there will come an extended interview with National Review the week his book came out, good stuff for the politico.
From this we can see that the typical bumper sticker statements/mantras we heard projected from street corners in close proximity close to Whole Foods markets just never took into account much of anything, except their dislike of Cheney and Bush. An example comes from an almost elated exclamation about Kucinich's "attempt" to start impeachment of Bush and friends:
Often times people don't follow their logic to the end... for instance, on MSNBC Mike Barnicle simply repeated these "sentiments" (the feeling that he is right based off of his feelings). Sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show:
One thing I have heard and gave an example of is the Left saying and truly believing that Bush lied about WMDs. If this is the case, what about these other politicians?
If Bush lied about WMDs, then what did Clinton do when he said:
Or how about Madeline Albright, John F. Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and the like?
- "Iraq is a long way from the USA but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." ~ Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Feb. 18, 1998
- "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." ~ Former Vice President Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
- "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." ~ Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct. 10, 2002
- "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real." ~ Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23, 2003
- "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." ~ Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
- "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." ~ Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
- "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." ~ Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
- "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." ~ Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
So what are some of the examples that counter the Left's claims and bolster the Bush administration as well as the intelligence agencies from Germany, Russia, France, Israel, Britain, China, Jordan, as well as others showing that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction (Saddam even saying he had them)? Well let's see:
The following short list below is from the book, Disinformation: 22 Media Myths that Undermine the War on Terror, by Richard Minitar:
How about the fact that Mahdi Obeidi (Saddam's head nuclear scientist) buried a prototype of his gas centrifuge, the most direct and efficient route to enriching uranium, in his backyard in Baghdad. Hence the name of his book, Bomb in My Garden.
This next section comes from a Daily News article found in their Sunday Viewpoint entitled, “Altered Reality: Look Past The Dogma and You’ll See the WMDs” (October 26, 2003, p. 3):
- A clandestine network of laboratories and safe houses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.
- A prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of BW agents, that Iraqi officials working to prepare for UN inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the UN.
- Reference strains of biological organisms concealed in a scientist's home, one of which can be used to produce biological weapons.
- New research on BW-applicable agents, Brucella and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin were not declared to the UN.
- Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists' homes, that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment by centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS).
- A line of UAVs not fully declared at an undeclared production facility and an admission that they had tested one of their declared UAVs out to a range of 500 km, 350 km beyond the permissible limit.
- Continuing covert capability to manufacture fuel propellant useful only for prohibited SCUD variant missiles, a capability that was maintained at least until the end of 2001 and that cooperating Iraqi scientists have said they were told to conceal from the UN.
- Plans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1000 km - well beyond the 150 km range limit imposed by the UN. Missiles of a 1000 km range would have allowed Iraq to threaten targets throughout the Middle East, including Ankara, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi.
- Clandestine attempts between late-1999 and 2002 to obtain from North Korea technology related to 1,300 km range ballistic missiles --probably the No Dong -- 300 km range anti-ship cruise missiles, and other prohibited military equipment.
I can also add here that 750 shells with saran gas were found. Just 15 of these killed about 15,000 people. Only in the Left's vernacular does this equal no WMDs. Scurrilous politics on display if there ever were. Two things come to my mind, and they are two slogans I heard all the time.
- Bush is an Idiot;
- and, Bush lied.
Apparently, Bush, while being called a dunce or ignoramus by the left is so intelligently diabolical that he got every intelligence agency - not to mention every Democrat - to lie for him as well. So is Bush still the "dunce of the class," as the Left paints him; or is he so intelligent that he fooled the world, as the Left paints him. Which is it? Or are both views partisan? And if Bush lied, then he must have known there were no weapons in Iraq. There is no such thing as a lie unless you know the truth. Now, if you say you believe something to be true, and it ultimately becomes false, that's not called a "lie," that's called a "mistake" – a mistake made by the CIA (and the world) that was beyond the Bush's control. However, I have shown there was no mistake. I have yet for someone to show me that this cumulative case can be taken from its lofty place here at my blog. And may I say that I have not seen such a case made yet on this World Wide Web.
Let's hear how the above issues play out in real conversation, and I would entreat the reader to listen to the entire call. One may not like the term "little girl," but this gets explained near the end.
So Let Me Conclude
What was discovered in Iraq were dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment, chemicals, and specialists to make it happen that Iraqi concealed from the United Nations during the inspections that began in late 2002 was the final straw in the U.S. military's back. The discovery of these deliberate concealment efforts have come about both through the admissions of Iraqi scientists and officials concerning information they deliberately withheld and through physical evidence of equipment and activities that ISG (Iraq Survey Group) has discovered that should have been declared to the UN. This caused the United States and a larger coalition than the First Gulf War to resume (not preempt) military operations. Just the fact alone that Iraq was firing on our Air Force jets in the no-fly zones was reason enough to resume (not preempt) operations based on the cease fire agreement brokered by the United Nations via the first war.
There are other peripheral issues that I have already dealt with that touch this issue in some way, like yellow cake uranium, or the cost of the war and contracts given to Halliburton. However, these issues are easily dismissed, at least for those that do not project their psychoses onto Bush and Cheney.
A quick refutation of another familiar "mantra" we hear, and one most at the rally in the video above most assuredly accept, is that the U.S. supplied the bulk of weapons that Iraq has and used. This just isn't the case, the the graphic below points out (click it to enlarge it for better viewing):