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?
“Of course, US troops never managed to find any such weapons after the invasion.”
Keep repeating a lie enough times and idiots will believe it. They did find some but it was dismissed ads “pre-gulf war WMD” or “not militarily ready WMD”
From liberal factcheck.org:
“and discovered only a few random chemical weapons.”
So which is it? “never found any” or “only found a few”?
David Corn’s rag ripping a woman who could whip every testosterone challenge dope smoking male on their staff....
That’s cool. Just get ready to pronounce it correctly, punks: “Senator Joni Ernst”.
The Iraq War Resolution, which gave George Bush the authority for military force against Iraq had 23 paragraphs. Only 4 mentioned WMD, and that is all anyone talks about.
The other 19 were more than sufficient given that Iraq had signed and agreed to the terms of an armistice in 1991.
Another guy named Adolph Hitler was not held to the terms of an armistice (even when he was relatively weak when he violated those terms) signed by his nation and we can see where THAT got us.
550 Metric Tons of yellowcake uranium removed from Iraq
What are the chances that they'd refuse to investigate, and even outright lie to make George Bush look bad?
Well, the leftists in the Democrat party won’t believe Israel...you remember how the loudly booed the Jews at their convention?
That FACT was omitted from most newscasts, as it casts a true and shining light on the Democrat party: anti-Semites and God haters.
There WERE WMDs in Iraq!
Well leftists are good at ignoring the facts..they won’t say where Assad’s weapons came from because then they would have to admit that Saddam DID have weapons of mass destruction, would destroy their whole narrative
I worked with eapons and even the fact that they really didn’t find a massive cache of weapons there is a difference in comparing weapons. Chemical weapons are not built like regular bombs and such their size is not in giant dumb bombs and missles but just that a little chemicals can go a long way. Remeber when Chohen and the 5 lb. bag of sugar he used when he was Clinton’s Sec. of state.
Why were advanced Mig aircraft found buried in the sand in Iraq? What else might have been buried or secreted somewhere?
Syria was known to have it’s own chemical weapons program for decades before we invaded Iraq. I’m not saying they didn’t also get some from Saddam, just that they already had them.
I agree. And you know who ELSE agreed?
John F. Kerry
And the multitudes of democrats who voted for the Iraq war.
You know, the ones who looked at the intelligence available to them.
"Saddam had WMDs on the day I left office."-Bill Clinton.
When the Left has to disparage the words of a leftist like Bill Clinton, you KNOW they are on thin ice.
Not only that, it was Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller who was the first to call Iraq “an imminent threat”.
It is a classic case of the LIEberals telling a lie over and over again until it become accepted “Truth”.
The Bush Administration had, but did not release, information proving that Saddam had WMDs. I have no idea why.
they were shipped off to Syria, Libya and Russia while the U.N. and the U.S. Congress dickered over a resolutions supporting military action if Saddam did not officially account for them and turn them over
Saddam fully expected, with the help of the American Left, to make Iraq another “Vietnam”, return to power and get his WMD materials back from his friends.
I suspect some of what the U.S. got from Gaddafi began its WMD life in Iraq as is the case with Syria as well, and some I suspect Russia still has.
If President Bush KNEW there were no WMD’s in Iraq, we would have found them the first day of the War.
My standard line to a Liberal who blurts out the old Bush Lied, People Died meme.
Not to mention the military assets they had hidden like fighter jets.
Not to mention the munitions they used to make roadside bombs to kill Our people for years.
There were 30,000 Kurds who might have had an opinion supporting hers.
These no wmd folks are bat squeeze crazy.
Only a lemming would honestly believe Saddam either didn’t have wmds or was really trying to get everyone to believe he had them via violating all the UN resolutions against him.
What is to be gained by their continual denial that there was chemical and biological weapons in Iraq and they were trying to get nuclear weapons?
I guess they can neuter future attempts to control those weapons.
Hypocrisy by the left is the new normal for them.
At 76 years of age, I’ve been watching ‘rats for a long, long time - trust me, it’s their old normal.....
DAMN! When did FR Moderators start allowing Articles from that Liberal, Left-wing “MOTHER JONES” yellow journalism rag? Holy Shit Batman!!!
I watched the video. Joni handled it perfectly. Anyone who has half a brain knows that Saddam Hussein DID have weapons of mass destruction. Good thing nobody has a paid subscription to “MOTHER JONES” except fags, lesbians, child molesters and Registered Sex Offenders.
Chemical Ali had already used chemical weapons for mass killings of opposing factions in Iraq.
So it is never a question of if, it is is only a question of what happened to them.
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