I posted this on another thread, but I think it should go here as well:
Here's what I've been thinking:
When President Bush said what he said about Saddam's WMDs before we invaded, he was just as, if not more, adamant of the threat being real. Now, does everyone remember all the "WMDs FOUND!!" threads we had here on FR? There was something in those reports (Not all of them) that warranted further investigation, but perhaps the news shouldn't have been leaked so fast.
I believe that in the course of the war after the first few reports of WMDs got out, a quickly launched order was sent to all of the field commanders that if they found something in question of reference to WMDs, they were to silence traffic and mark it for investigations and inspections. They had to keep the integrity of their findings for the CIA and other investigational organizations so they could be catalogued and, possibly, traced to their origins.
However, President Bush has remained solid about the WMDs. If they had been sent to other nations (Syria), he'd have told us this by now. Why hasn't this happened?
I believe it's because he already has all of the information and is in the process of preparing a rock solid case against the nations helping Saddam violate the embargos and sanctions. IF we had revealed everything too early, shredders worldwide would fire up and wipe out everything before the case could be made.
Saddam's WMDs is only ONE aspect to this puzzle. There's so many other ties that must be secured before anyone starts blabbing about this and that.
However, this is purely my opinion.
posted on 01/23/2004 9:55:44 AM PST
("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
"I believe it's because he already has all of the information and is in the process of preparing a rock solid case against the nations helping Saddam violate the embargos and sanctions. IF we had revealed everything too early, shredders worldwide would fire up and wipe out everything before the case could be made. Saddam's WMDs is only ONE aspect to this puzzle. There's so many other ties that must be secured before anyone starts blabbing about this and that. However, this is purely my opinion."
No, it's MY opinion, too.
posted on 01/23/2004 11:16:44 AM PST
Sorry, the Bush administration would salvage so much credibility on WMDs if they announced such intel, that it is not credible they (or the Kay report) would hold it back.
If we had anything, the Kay report in sept would have said so.
I think some of the assessments about WMDs, like all intel assessments, were not fully accurate. And that part of the inaccuracy was assuming that what was there in 1991 was still there, and trying to guess based on the opaque situation in Iraq. This is why Bush and Blair talked about tons of weapons 'still not accounted for'. But that leaves aside the possibiliy that Saddam's goons would hide their tracks, destroy evidence and then pretend the UN the stuff was never there as a way of getting the UN off their backs.
That was the gameplan. It failed, because the US wanted regime change and an honest Iraq. We got neither out of the Blix inspections.
As for WMDs, they still arent accounted for. But it seems clear that unless a great job was done of hiding them they were removed or werent there as of march 2003. Its possible Saddam had them destroyed and was waiting out sanctions before adding to stocks, and/or using its presumed existence as a threat to other nations. BUT - it is also possible that they are now in Syria or some quantity is there or in terrorist hands... but if that did happen, its most likely that we dont know, or we could have blown the lid much earlier and made a case on it.
You presume too much to think we would know something about WMDs but neither act on it nor tell the world. It's more likely we are still in the dark.
posted on 01/23/2004 2:53:35 PM PST
(I don't want the GOP to become a circular firing squad and the Socialist Democrats a majority.)
You have thinking mind, as opposed to a lump of gray matter.
posted on 01/24/2004 4:48:42 AM PST
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