Skip to comments.WATCH: Iowa GOP Senate Candidate Still Believes There Were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq
Posted on 05/12/2014 6:06:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
War veteran Joni Ernst claims to have vague, secret knowledge that contradicts every public report.
Iowa state senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst captured national attention when her campaign's first TV ad featured the candidate talking about castrating hogs (a subsequent ad featured Ernst at a gun range, implying that she'd shoot Obamacare to bits). But if the Sarah Palin-approved Republican wants to enter national politics, she may need to brush up on some of her facts. Ernst still thinks Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction when the US invaded Iraq, despite all evidence pointing to the contrary.
On Friday, Ernst sat down with the Des Moines Register's editorial board for a wide-ranging interview. Ernst served in the Iraq War in 2003, "running convoys through Kuwait and into southern Iraq" according to her campaign website. She defended that war during the interview, saying that the intelligence at the time offered compelling reason to displace Saddam. "Obviously the president thought there was actionable intelligence, she said, "so as an Iraqi War veteran I stand beside that and I'll stand beside every other soldier I served with in believing we were on a clearly defined mission to go into Iraq." (Her response in the video above starts at the 23:20 mark.)
Why is Ernst so willing to support Bush's decision to invade? She hints that she has inside knowledge that there were, indeed, still weapons of mass destruction when the war began. "We don't know that there were weapons on the ground when we went in," she said, "however, I do have reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq." When a Register reporter quizzed her on what information she has, Ernst said "my husband served in Saudi Arabia as the Army Central Command sergeant major for a year and that's a hot-button topic in that area."
Of course, US troops never managed to find any such weapons after the invasion. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld have all conceded that the initial intelligence was flawed.
When asked for clarification, a spokesperson for Ernst's campaign narrowly walked back her comments over e-mail: "Her point was that we know for a fact that Iraq had chemical weapons in the past, and had even used them. We also know none were found while our troops were on the ground, despite the intelligence at the time. What happened to those weapons she doesn't know."
Ernst currently holds a slight lead in the polls in advance of the June 3 primary. If she managed to win the general electionDemocrat Bruce Braley is the front-runner for the open seatErnst would be the first woman elected to federal office from Iowa.
The left keeps on saying there were no WMD’s in Iraq..so I have a simple question for leftists..where did Assad get those same weapons that he has been using on his own people..did they come out of his butt?
It’s not a great comment to make on the campaign trail, even though she couched it well. Though, there is some element of truth to this. Wasn’t there a well-evidenced theory about them being moved? I think Niger was involved, or maybe Assad. Also, if WMDs include chemo-weapons we know he had those at one point.
Ernst seems like a good candidate and she’d be a vast improvement upon the gargoyle she’s trying to replace. Let’s hope she beats Braley
(P.S - to the Karl Rove shills on their way, don’t bother making fools out of yourselves again)
Where do these shepherdless sheep think Assad’s WMD’s came from? Sheesh.
Of course they did. Just ignore all the plane flights and truck convoys moving from Iraq to Syria before the invasion. They were delivering aspirin, yeah that's the ticket.
They believed the WMDs when Clinton was President.....http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/wmdquotes.asp
The Russians came in to move the weapons into Syria before the war.
MoJo knows this, as do most hard-core totalitarian American communists.
Maybe because there were WMD’s in Iraq. Get over it lefties, you are retarded and liars.
Of course there were. What’d they gas the Kurds with? Nitrous oxide?
I agree with her. I believe they were taken to Syria. I remember there being news or information of large convoys going out of Iraq in the middle of the night for quite some time prior to the war.
That's what I have thought up to and including now. I don't know why Bush et al capitulated.
To a person out of (now) 72 comments, they were denigrating and snickering at her on the Quad City Times.
As did England, Germany, France, etc. They were there. We found stuff that W decided just not to inform the public of. Probabaly a smart move. Don’t let our enemies know what we know.
What did get in the press was uranium (enriched I don’t know), Sarin going to Syria and used in an failed attack in Lebanon, lots of mobile labs and processing centers, other places gutted. Basically the report that coward Colin Powell showed at the UN and now whines about.
But the reality and bottom line was Iraq had continued to violate the cease-fire agreement and after 9/11 it was time to quit being a pussy about it like Clinton.
I’m getting more than fed up with bystanders whining that some candidate shouldn’t have a logical and intelligent debate because the morons have bought the lies. Those folks carry white flags.
With leftists yesterday is what they say it is, and tomorrow will be wonderful.
But today they will do their damned best to make everybody suffer, equally of course, for the children of course, except the ones they demand Planned Parenthood slaughter.
Yes, the glorious left, where would we be without them.
Things that make you say hmmmmmm
I heard it on the radio, Israeli forces said they detected weapons being moved out. They are no dummies, I believe they were right too!
Mass destruction? Life yes, property no. Sooner it would be weapons of mass killing.
And there were lots of that stuff found there. They simply dumped it or took it out of country.
I asked my neighbor down the road, since he was one of those deniers, of how easy he thought it would be to hide one quart of liquid/something in a city.
You might actually already know all that, but what's the use of being a liberal if you can't lie, cheat, and steal, eh?
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