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Looting at Iraqi Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Official Says (RATS ARE WRONG AGAIN!!!)
The New York Times ^ | 13 March 2005 | JAMES GLANZ and WILLIAM J. BROAD

Posted on 03/13/2005 1:14:45 AM PST by txradioguy

Looting at Iraqi Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Official Says

BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 12 - In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting.

The Iraqi official, Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, said it appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants in search of valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery away.

Dr. Araji said his account was based largely on observations by government employees and officials who either worked at the sites or lived near them.

"They came in with the cranes and the lorries, and they depleted the whole sites," Dr. Araji said. "They knew what they were doing; they knew what they want. This was sophisticated looting."

The threat posed by these types of facilities was cited by the Bush administration as a reason for invading Iraq, but the installations were left largely unguarded by allied forces in the chaotic months after the invasion.

Dr. Araji's statements came just a week after a United Nations agency disclosed that approximately 90 important sites in Iraq had been looted or razed in that period.

Satellite imagery analyzed by two United Nations groups - the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, or Unmovic - confirms that some of the sites identified by Dr. Araji appear to be totally or partly stripped, senior officials at those agencies said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: conservatives; iraq; liberals; military; msm; oif; saddam; terrorism; un; wmds; wot
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Guess this kinda puts a dent in the "No WMD's" chant the DUmmies like to march to huh?
1 posted on 03/13/2005 1:14:46 AM PST by txradioguy
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To: mellyK

No there were a lot of places that got looted before we got there and quite frankly we didn't have the manpower on the ground at the time I was there to secure all the places 24/7.


3 posted on 03/13/2005 1:22:28 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: mellyK

Trust me it was a priority. We got to them as fast as we could. But some of them we couldn't get to fast enough.


5 posted on 03/13/2005 1:26:43 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: mellyK; A Jovial Cad; Darksheare

Well first off to correct your lack of knowlege on the subject there is no "expired shelf life" on munitions.

Yes we have found actual weapons.

To date the Polish troops have recovered over 100 shells filled with mustard gas.

There have been other more "quiet" take downs of weapons and the people who were making them.

That last "public" incident was the 155mm shell filled with 4 liters of sarin that was uned in an I.E.D.


7 posted on 03/13/2005 1:45:02 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

The deputy minister of industry wants his five axis CNC machine tools back! There was a plasma welder in that batch for welding sections for missiles. A large "isostatic" press, made by a Swedish-Swiss firm, Asea Brown Boveri, used for shaping the high-explosive charges that set off a nuclear chain reaction.


8 posted on 03/13/2005 1:45:12 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: mellyK

"and was all of the "evidence of programs" run off with by looters???"

Do I sense a bit of sarcasm?

Fact of the matter is we have the satellie evidence that shows large convoy's moving to the Syrian border days before Iraq fell and they were allowed to pass without hindrance.

And we know for a fact that a lot of the "looters" were plain clothes Republican Guard soldiers doing what their orders told them to do by getting rid of the "evidence".


9 posted on 03/13/2005 1:46:59 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: endthematrix

But but but...where's the "evidence" they were using them for WMD construction? (/sarcasm)


10 posted on 03/13/2005 1:48:06 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy
MSM looting of the truth was systematic.

--Boot Hill

11 posted on 03/13/2005 1:49:27 AM PST by Boot Hill ("...and Josuha went unto him and said: art thou for us, or for our adversaries?")
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To: txradioguy
Saddam's weapon production was practically the only industry in a country of 25+Million and was everywhere, spread out over 100k's Sq/Kms. The friggin' UN had the responsibility and 12 years after GW-1 to dismantle this program. Now that it is obvious the UN failed miserably, they are trying to blame the US and new Iraqi's. Astonishing what bloomin' hypocrites and frauds these International genius's are! Time to go NuKleer on their tails.
12 posted on 03/13/2005 1:49:37 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero.)
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To: txradioguy

The critics have always liked to have it both ways. They offer nothing particularly new here in this NYT story except that now it's an Iraqi official saying what was said previously by someone at the UN some time back. Next week they'll have quotes from John Kerry saying this to show the NYT is objective.


13 posted on 03/13/2005 1:50:03 AM PST by elhombrelibre (How many days has it been since John Kerry said he'd sign an SF 180?)
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To: mellyK

"So the WMD is in Syria, or just the equipment to manufacture WMD???"

Best intelligence analysis says both are. Plus the scientists that we'd like to talk to but can't find.


15 posted on 03/13/2005 1:53:50 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: elhombrelibre

"The critics have always liked to have it both ways."

That's the single most frustrating thing to me when these stories come up.

We could find some huge cache of shells loaded with anthrax...the instruction on how to use the shells and the protective measure for the soldiers using them and there would STILL be people that will say "So? That still doesn't prove he had WMD's"

thud! thud! thud! (the sound of me banging my head on my desk)


16 posted on 03/13/2005 1:57:08 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: mellyK
"Since that was supposed to be the main reason we went"

That Iraq would one day be able to deliver a nuclear device? Yes. Be it in a year or 10 years, to depend on an avowed enemy of the USA to honestly divulge his weapon capabilities, was becoming quite dangerous.

Saddam wasn't letting weapon inspectors do the job. He was building onto those sites. He lied, delayed, bribed to keep the UN from peeking into his WMD programs. Be thankful of the 1991 invasion, today Saddam would have the whole Mideast under nuclear blackmail. Who is to say if the 2003 never took place that Saddam would have the area under the same today or ten years from now. Action was needed, and it sure did not come from the France, Germany or Russia.

17 posted on 03/13/2005 1:58:11 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: txradioguy; mellyK
The UN had the missiles, centrifuges, gyroscopes, shaped charges, electric switches, super computers, nuclear material and thousands of pages of plans.
19 posted on 03/13/2005 2:02:13 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: mellyK

No they haven't. And if they have they aren't releasing the info to the public. Most of Saddam's inner circle has remained extremely tight lipped about what they know.

And one thing I must correct you on. The WMD's were NOT the main reason we went into Iraq. It is however the one the MSM likes to cocus on as a way to smear the President.


20 posted on 03/13/2005 2:03:01 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy
My most frustrating thing is when people argue it was a sovereign country. So if a gangster takes over a country, kills a large percentage of its people, causes millions to flee, persecutes religious minorities, treats that nation's economy like a personal bank account, starts wars with its neighbors, defies the peace treaties after losing a war and fires on US planes, and won't follow 14 UN Security Counsel Resolutions, all he has to do is say, "F*** you. This is a sovereign country." Arguing with people who think that's fine is frustrating for me.
21 posted on 03/13/2005 2:04:18 AM PST by elhombrelibre (How many days has it been since John Kerry said he'd sign an SF 180?)
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To: endthematrix

Plus there are literally MILLIONS of pages still being analyzed from the Iraqi Central Intelligence facility.

That facility was under our control when I was there. You would not believe the MOUNTAINS of paper there is in that place.


22 posted on 03/13/2005 2:04:43 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

Yeah, but they like to lie about things they know are classified and can't be known by the public - right up till the stuff is declassified. If memory serves, Kerry was specifically caught in that trap during the election..


23 posted on 03/13/2005 2:05:40 AM PST by Havoc (Reagan was right and so was McKinley. Down with free trade. Hang the traitors high)
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To: elhombrelibre

Well let's not forget to we have had justification to march on Baghdad from the first time he violated the rules of his surrender.

It just took us awhile to get someone agin with some calcium in his spine to enforce those terms of surrender.

Plus these idiots who say "well Saddam wasn't threatening the U.S." are BS! Everytime he loosed a weapon or aimed a radar at one of our aircraft he was directly threatening the U.S.

I'm still amazed on an almost daily basis the lies about the whole situation that are passed of as fact and no one challenges what's being said.


25 posted on 03/13/2005 2:07:33 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: mellyK

FYI

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1323020/posts?page=1161#1161
HJ 114 IH


107th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. J. RES. 114
To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OCTOBER 2, 2002
Mr. HASTERT (for himself and Mr. GEPHARDT) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations







JOINT RESOLUTION
To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq's war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq;

Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;

Whereas the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated;

Whereas Iraq, in direct and flagrant violation of the cease-fire, attempted to thwart the efforts of weapons inspectors to identify and destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and development capabilities, which finally resulted in the withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq on October 31, 1998;

Whereas in 1998 Congress concluded that Iraq's continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in `material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations' and urged the President `to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations' (Public Law 105-235);

Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolutions of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;

Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of American citizens;

Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq's demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 authorizes the use of all necessary means to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 and subsequent relevant resolutions and to compel Iraq to cease certain activities that threaten international peace and security, including the development of weapons of mass destruction and refusal or obstruction of United Nations weapons inspections in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, repression of its civilian population in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688, and threatening its neighbors or United Nations operations in Iraq in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949;

Whereas Congress in the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) has authorized the President `to use United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) in order to achieve implementation of Security Council Resolutions 660, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674, and 677';

Whereas in December 1991, Congress expressed its sense that it `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 as being consistent with the Authorization of Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1),' that Iraq's repression of its civilian population violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 and `constitutes a continuing threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Persian Gulf region,' and that Congress, `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688';

Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime;

Whereas on September 12, 2002, President Bush committed the United States to `work with the United Nations Security Council to meet our common challenge' posed by Iraq and to `work for the necessary resolutions,' while also making clear that `the Security Council resolutions will be enforced, and the just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable';

Whereas the United States is determined to prosecute the war on terrorism and Iraq's ongoing support for international terrorist groups combined with its development of weapons of mass destruction in direct violation of its obligations under the 1991 cease-fire and other United Nations Security Council resolutions make clear that it is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all

relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary;

Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and

Whereas it is in the national security of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This joint resolution may be cited as the `Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq'.

SEC. 2. SUPPORT FOR UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS.

The Congress of the United States supports the efforts by the President to--

(1) strictly enforce through the United Nations Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions applicable to Iraq and encourages him in those efforts; and

(2) obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

(a) AUTHORIZATION- The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to--

(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

(b) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION- In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that--

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to this resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorists attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

(c) WAR POWERS RESOLUTION REQUIREMENTS-

(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS- Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

SEC. 4. REPORTS TO CONGRESS.

(a) The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of Public Law 105-338 (the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998).

(b) To the extent that the submission of any report described in subsection (a) coincides with the submission of any other report on matters relevant to this joint resolution otherwise required to be submitted to Congress pursuant to the reporting requirements of Public Law 93-148 (the War Powers Resolution), all such reports may be submitted as a single consolidated report to the Congress.

(c) To the extent that the information required by section 3 of Public Law 102-1 is included in the report required by this section, such report shall be considered as meeting the requirements of section 3 of Public Law 102-1.
END


1,161 posted on 01/18/2005 12:08:20 PM CST by Howlin




26 posted on 03/13/2005 2:08:05 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: endthematrix

Frankly, if we'd let him bust the UN sanctions long enough he could have bought WMD from Libya and from North Korea. He was clearly going to be back in the market for WMD as soon as he could be. People are foolish if they believe he'd given up hopes of being armed with NBC weapons. But there are plenty of fools out there including the Russians who basically are building Iran a nuke and the EU that is basically enabling the Iranians to become a nuclear power while the EU in its insufferable arrogance runs interference. They'll all rue the day.


27 posted on 03/13/2005 2:08:32 AM PST by elhombrelibre (How many days has it been since John Kerry said he'd sign an SF 180?)
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To: mellyK

Ok. This backs up what I've been saying.


28 posted on 03/13/2005 2:08:35 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

#26 also does.


29 posted on 03/13/2005 2:10:44 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: All

And let's not forget either folks the Iraqi Liberation Act of 1998 that was passed without dissention into PUBLIC LAW saying that we were authorized to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein. A LOT of the justification for doing it in 1998 was the same in 2003.


30 posted on 03/13/2005 2:10:45 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: MEG33

Yes it does. Thank you Meg. :)


31 posted on 03/13/2005 2:11:10 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

My computer has been in sick bay..I could 'borrow' another family member's at times but I was lost wthout my bookmarks! I saved that link..I love FR!

Now..I must go back, resign up for the NYT(I cleared my cookies) and read the rest of the story.


32 posted on 03/13/2005 2:16:06 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: txradioguy
Fact of the matter is we have the satellie evidence that shows large convoy's moving to the Syrian border days before Iraq fell and they were allowed to pass without hindrance.

We have the satellite images, and Assad knows we have them. So far, the damage that these weapons have done to us has been wholly political. If those weapons had stayed in Iraq, how many thousands more American soldiers would have died by now?

33 posted on 03/13/2005 2:23:07 AM PST by Fresh Wind (If 4600 voters in NH had switched to Bush, Ohio wouldn't have mattered.)
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To: mellyK
The President wasn't on the ground in Iraq. You get advice that would support within a shadow of doubt, that Saddam was going to find ways to deliver WMD's to America and her allies.

The better way to make your point mellyK, would be to find evidence of the contrary, and you'd by hard pressed to find it, except from Saddam's bribe takers...and Al Jazeera.

34 posted on 03/13/2005 2:24:09 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: Fresh Wind

The death toll in Iraq would be far greater if those weapons had remained in Iraq and been deployed against us.

I'm wondering if the evidence we have of Syria's compliance in all of this is the leverage we're using to force Assad to leave Beriut?


35 posted on 03/13/2005 2:25:07 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

Strategery, y'know!


36 posted on 03/13/2005 2:25:42 AM PST by Fresh Wind (If 4600 voters in NH had switched to Bush, Ohio wouldn't have mattered.)
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To: txradioguy

Wait a minute..I thought he had no nuclear capability!

I love this last dig (speculation reporting)by the NYT:

"Privately, officials of the monitoring commission and the atomic energy agency have speculated on whether the political uproar made Baghdad reluctant to disclose more details of looting."


37 posted on 03/13/2005 2:25:46 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: endthematrix

Another thing too that needs to be factored intothe wquasion now is what rold did the U.N. inspectors play in helping the WMD's and their manufacturing capabilities disappear before our arrival?

We know Saddam was taking bribes from certain countries and from the U.N. itself in the Oil For Food program.

Could there have been some back scratching then on the part of the countries that sent U.N. inspectors to Baghdad to have them turn a blind eye to what was really going on and report that "all's well"?


38 posted on 03/13/2005 2:28:19 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: All

Another snippet from he story:


"The disclosures by the Iraqi ministry, however, added new information about the thefts, detailing the timing, the material taken and the apparent skill shown by the thieves.

Dr. Araji said equipment capable of making parts for missiles as well as chemical, biological and nuclear arms was missing from 8 or 10 sites that were the heart of Iraq's dormant program on unconventional weapons. After the invasion, occupation forces found no unconventional arms, and C.I.A. inspectors concluded that the effort had been largely abandoned after the Persian Gulf war in 1991.

Dr. Araji said he had no evidence regarding where the equipment had gone. But his account raises the possibility that the specialized machinery from the arms establishment that the war was aimed at neutralizing had made its way to the black market or was in the hands of foreign governments.

"Targeted looting of this kind of equipment has to be seen as a proliferation threat," said Gary Milhollin, director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a private nonprofit organization in Washington that tracks the spread of unconventional weapons.

Dr. Araji said he believed that the looters themselves were more interested in making money than making weapons.

The United Nations, worried that the material could be used in clandestine bomb production, has been hunting for it, largely unsuccessfully, across the Middle East. In one case, investigators searching through scrap yards in Jordan last June found specialized vats for highly corrosive chemicals that had been tagged and monitored as part of the international effort to keep watch on the Iraqi arms program. The vessels could be used for harmless industrial processes or for making chemical weapons."




39 posted on 03/13/2005 2:30:57 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: Fresh Wind

Yeah amazing the large amouts of DemocRATic crow being served at the Congressional Cafeteria these days because they misunderestimated W's strategery.


40 posted on 03/13/2005 2:33:00 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

I just did not sleep at night when the best reporting was going on at the beginning..I was convinced Saddam had chemical weapons and would use them as a last gasp..if not sooner..He had some of his Generals convinced he would,too!


41 posted on 03/13/2005 2:34:00 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33

I'm not sure why they weren't used...but I'm GLAD they weren't.

I just wish the goombah hadn't hidden them do well! LOL!


42 posted on 03/13/2005 2:35:07 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: MEG33

Drudge must be lurking tonite. Guess what's just popped up on his website within the last 30 minutes?

NYT: Looting at Iraqi Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Official Says


43 posted on 03/13/2005 2:38:33 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

He had used them before...but not against the US..

It doesn't take much of that stuff to create death and panic..God bless all the troops who had to swelter in those protective suits and gear. I dread to think some bulldozer is going to unearth and break open some weapons some day. Hope there is not a crowd around.

Thank you for serving our country.


44 posted on 03/13/2005 2:46:09 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33

Yeah it's amazing how everyone likes to forget that little tidbit huh?

Guess it helps them sleep better at night or something.

No thanks needed MEG...just doing my job.


45 posted on 03/13/2005 2:53:04 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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"what rold did the U.N. inspectors play in helping the WMD's and their manufacturing capabilities disappear before our arrival? "

Two part Question.

First, the UNSCOM and IAEA abetted Sadam by wasting time. Too little too late, wandering around a sand pit, who may or may not have had access to a suspected site. Asking Saddam for his word (and trusting it) was foolish policy.

Second, I don't think the UN helped smuggle machines out of the country. They weren't even there for the most part. I don't think they had the capability to organize it. The UN was not in control. IMO the profiteering underworld snagged the known wealth of Iraq and sold it to the highest bidder.

46 posted on 03/13/2005 2:59:51 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: txradioguy
Drudge must be lurking tonite. Guess what's just popped up on his website within the last 30 minutes? NYT: Looting at Iraqi Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Official Says

what... no siren?....... lol

47 posted on 03/13/2005 3:11:15 AM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: sure_fine

LOL! I stink at HTML..I have no way to post it.


48 posted on 03/13/2005 3:17:03 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: endthematrix

I agree. Good point.


49 posted on 03/13/2005 3:17:50 AM PST by txradioguy (Freedom Of Speech Makes It Much Easier To Spot The Idiots)
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To: txradioguy

I have personal knowledge of soldiers in the desert digging out weapons from the desert with quantities of MIXABLE chemicals alongside the munitions....

And that it was done clandestinely and never reported.


50 posted on 03/13/2005 3:22:34 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of it!)
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