Skip to comments.Ex-Official: Russia Moved Saddam's WMD
Posted on 02/20/2006 11:29:29 PM PST by Thunder90
A top Pentagon official who was responsible for tracking Saddam Hussein's weapons programs before and after the 2003 liberation of Iraq, has provided the first-ever account of how Saddam Hussein "cleaned up" his weapons of mass destruction stockpiles to prevent the United States from discovering them.
"The short answer to the question of where the WMD Saddam bought from the Russians went was that they went to Syria and Lebanon," former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John A. Shaw told an audience Saturday at a privately sponsored "Intelligence Summit" in Alexandria, Va. (www.intelligencesummit.org).
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"So .. Bush DIDN'T LIE! Bush and the rest of the intel community believed the WMD existed .. and it was only Israel who captured the pictures of the truth - Russia moving the WMD into Syria from Iraq. Amazing!"
Bush has a real problem. He trusts too much but unlike Reagan he does not verify and hold people to account!!!
MyGoodnees-gracious , are we surprized yet????????????...............FRegards
"Bush has a real problem. He trusts too much but unlike Reagan he does not verify and hold people to account!!!"
Exactly. If it is true that Iraq's WMD were allowed to be moved out of the country while Iraqi informants like the infamous "Curveball" were assuring the Bush administration that there were "massive stockpiles" of WMD in Iraq, it is an intelligence failure of massive proportions and does nothing to help the President's image on going to war.
Maybe Bush didn't lie but instead it will appear that he was snookered by a double agent working for Iran named Ahmed Chalabi who got Bush to do his dirty work by overthrowing the Sunni tyrant Saddam and install an Iran-friendly Shiite government in Iraq.
It will be ignored by the putinists on this forum.
Russia moved Iraqi WMD.
The more stories I hear about the WMD, the more I hope that the Bush presidency is an eight year movie where in the last scenes, the truth comes out and the good guys win. We can only hope, for the sake of this country, that the information held close to the vest by this administration doesn't end up in the shredder of some disgruntled CIA analyst in the final moments.
"JWB had to know about this and chose not to expose it for reasons of national security, thereby risking his own reelection. What a statesman!!"
Great point, I agree - but do you mean "Jorge W. Bush"?
Well .. we don't know that for sure .. because he doesn't leak it to the media.
Oops....that would be GWB. LOL. Spell checker doesn't work on initials.
...no one in the media will care.
That's an awful lot of people in the U.S., Britain, and the Ukraine working for the Elders of Zion. Sure you want to go there?
It's easier to believe Bush wanted Putin's help with Iran, and Middle East War II (or III, d/o how you count them).
Who will be sorely amazed when we knock over the Iranian government, too.
Oh, really? How? How does Sada discredit, rather than corroborate, Shaw?
Why aren't both accounts true?
Or Clinton mole. I think the government is lousy with them, the Clintons recruited heavily among the Civil Service with their careerist "diversity" programs; their "change agents" were nothing but forbidden political agents -- ward heelers -- working in the belly of the Civil Service to politicize and Clintonize it.
Richard Clarke and Joe Wilson are just the two most prominent examples of Clintonista "human land mines" left behind by Slick and Beast for the incoming GOP administration.
It's easier to believe Bush wanted Putin's help with Iran, and Middle East War II (or III, d/o how you count them).
That's what makes the most sense to me and that's basically what I've said. However, there are a lot of unnamed unknown sources in this story.
I'm not sure how you're defining "main point" but in any event there need not be any debate about this; Congress wrote down their list of reasons for authorizing war powers and that list is here. It lists many different reasons (the things preceded by "Whereas" - some of them involve "WMDs", some don't) for why they chose to authorize the President "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."
But note, there is no "(3) to go in and find and destroy any WMD and WMC" as you put it. "WMD" is listed among all the "Whereas"'es, but as you can see, "confiscating" them was not a thing (let alone "main" thing) Bush was given war powers in order to do, per se. (Don't get me wrong; it would have been swell if we had located and neutralized/accounted for the WMDs, and it's bad that we didn't. I'm just saying it wasn't the actual "purpose" let alone "main point" of the invasion. You don't invade a country to confiscate some inanimate objects! In fact if I had ever once thought that "confiscating" WMDs was the "main point" of the invasion, I'd have opposed it from the get-go. There are far more cost-effective ways of neutralizing someone's WMD potential - if that's all you care about - than to actually invade and occupy the country.)
It was stated that he had a number of systems. The point was also raised that while he may not use them he may hand them over to a terrorist organistion to use.
Yes, of course these points were raised, because they were germane to the argument in favor of deposing Saddam. And that was the purpose of the war - to depose Saddam.
Let me make an analogy: say you want to indict someone you believe to be a serial killer. This serial killer happens to use icepicks on his victims. So, in your indictment you'll list that fact, and you'll mention that your information shows that the suspect you want to get, has been acquiring a lot of icepicks. He's a dangerous person and the icepicks, which he's used in a dangerous way before, make him more dangerous. Yes, you'll mention the icepicks a lot.
But that doesn't mean that when you go arrest him, the "whole point" is to "confiscate" the fricking icepicks! And it doesn't mean that if you arrest the guy, but don't get the icepicks, you somehow "failed"! And (getting back to the post I had responded to) nor does it mean that if the icepicks were dumped in a dumpster somewhere, and grabbed by a bum, you need to go arrest that bum!
The point is do they exist and if they do where are they and even more worrying who now controls them.
Sure, of course that's a valid concern. Never said it wasn't. If Syria has them it's a concern because the Syrian regime is dangerous. But I'd still say the Syrian regime is dangerous whether or not they actually control ex-Iraq's WMDs. The WMDs, as such, are not the point. The dangerous people are the point. Let's stop putting the cart before the horse.
If all these WMDs turn out to exist but be in the hands of Switzerland I'd sleep like a baby, wouldn't you?
The CIA has too many elitist liberals in management, they are Traitors!
"The sad thing is our own CIA is Actively working against our President and the best intrests of our Country!"
The operations the CIA conducts is nasty business in and of itself. Spies we recruit and train are sometimes counter-agents. This happened frequently during the Cold War. Spies leak information, change loyalties etc. I do not agree that the CIA is working against Bush or our country. I feel they grew incompetent because we ignored the only main enemy we had in the 1990's. This attitude of ignoring islamic threat, stemmed from President Clinton himself.
sad day for the dems? How? None of the sheeple out there will hear about this from the MSM. This 'NEWS' will go no further than Newsmax... I doubt it will even be mentioned on fauxNEWS!
No, there was another post from CNS, just awhile ago. Same response though, "this is only appearing on Robertson's network."
Well .. it's posted here on FR and that means there could be 200,000 people reading about it - and that would make it "more than Newsmax".
Plus .. it's been said that a few million people browze here on a daily basis - which means more than 200,000 members get to read about it too.
When Cheney asked for the investigation into Iraqi attempts to purchase Uranium cake in Africa, they sent Plame's husband who sat in a hotel and made phone calls. No written report was made and none to the V.P.(who asked for it in the first place!).
In this case the C.I.A. discredits this guys info because it's evidently doesn't fit their assesment. They seem to have no love for the Bush administraton.
Thanks for the question. My answer is no.
Now, don't get me wrong: I'd be all in favor of dethroning the Syrian regime. But not "because of the WMDs"! I'd be in favor of dethroning the Syrian regime even if I didn't believe (which I do) that some of Iraq's WMDs ended up in Syria. The problem is the regime, not the WMDs. See my point now? Perhaps the WMDs give the Syria problem more urgency. But no, I don't think it makes sense to say we need to invade Syria "because of the WMDs".
Meanwhile, Lebanon? Lebanon just went through a "Cedar Revolution" where, it is thought, they tossed out some of the Syrian puppets. The results remain to be seen, but the idea of us trying to "dethrone" a government that just was (kinda/sorta) democratically-elected as a reaction to Syrian puppetry, is obviously ridiculous and a non-starter. We would be shooting ourselves in the foot. This illustrates perfectly the folly of focusing on "WMDs" per se - you've heard that some of the "WMDs" might be in Lebanon, so you're ready to invade Lebanon. Clearly you haven't thought about the actual situation in Lebanon before coming to this conclusion. (Not that I'm some huge expert on Lebanon :-)
I doubt that Bush would have had enough support to go to war if his argument was solely to "smash up the power of Hussein and his Baathists".
Besides, I thought all along that's precisely what he was arguing in favor of doing: dethrone Hussein. Why didn't you?
Oh, right. Because the lefties and the media tried to shoehorn the entire argument into a "WMDs" corner so that (1) they could make the argument look as narrow as possible and (2) if we didn't find any, they could claim the war was based on "lies".
Again, Bush's argument, almost by definition, was We need to get rid of Hussein, not "we need to go confiscate the WMDS". (He was, after all, asking for authority to militarily invade, not to lead some kind of FBI-style "raid" of Iraq.) Sure, he talked about "WMDs" a lot - because they were one of the big reasons we needed to get rid of Hussein (and also because we could raise "WMDs" as an issue before the UN). But that didn't make "getting the WMDs" the goal of the mission. As you can see, it's hugely irritating to me that so many folks got that impression. People are missing the forest for the trees here.
I think you are rewriting history to justify a claim that Bush succeeded. So far he has not succeeded in this war, IMHO.
I don't need to "rewrite history" to point you to the text of the War Powers resolution. That's actual history. And in that text, Bush is authorized to use military force against Iraq 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." These are as close as anyone can ever get to identifying the Official Purpose Of The War. And guess what? "Confiscate those WMDs" is not listed.
Like I told tonycavanaugh, it would certainly be good to do so and it's certainly bad that we haven't, but "confiscating the WMDs" per se was not the Purpose Of The War. You have nothing concrete you can actually point to which says that it was, and meanwhile I have the text of the War Powers resolution where "confiscation" as such is notably absent. So who's the one "rewriting history"? I suggest you actually take a look at the history.
You are entitled to your HO that Bush has not succeeded in "this war" all you want, for all it's worth. It all depends on criteria, doesn't it? But do your criteria match reality? Again: no war has been fought in recent history anywhere for the Purpose of "confiscating" certain objects. If that is your criteria for "success" then I think you have a cartoon-land concept of how, why, and for what purpose wars are fought.
To be clear, I of course understand and agree that there are a lot of problems and uncertainties re:Iraq right now. But the invasion of Iraq, if that's what you mean by "this war", was (like many if not most invasions) done for the purpose of removing Iraq's rulers from power. It succeeded in about three weeks, as I recall.
What is taking place currently, if *that's* what you mean by "this war", is not even the same war. Now, we are attempting to safeguard Iraq's fledgling democratic government from terrorists, infiltrators and civil war. Let me be perfectly clear and acknowledge that that war (the safeguard-Iraq's-government war) is far from over and its fate is not a foregone conclusion. If you want to say that Bush "hasn't succeeded" at that war (safeguarding Iraq's fledgling government), then fine, I totally agree with you. (IMHO it's just a matter of time - i.e., years and maybe even decades.) Not that that has all that much to do with "WMDs" either way.
Sorry - interesting discussion, but I'm afraid I took you off on a tangent there. Bottom line: it's just a silly idea to invade Lebanon just because some ex-Iraq's "WMDs" are there (even if that's true). And I think if you think about it you'll probably see my point. :-) Best,
"When Cheney asked for the investigation into Iraqi attempts to purchase Uranium cake in Africa, they sent Plame's husband who sat in a hotel and made phone calls. No written report was made and none to the V.P.(who asked for it in the first place!).
In this case the C.I.A. discredits this guys info because it's evidently doesn't fit their assesment. They seem to have no love for the Bush administraton."
I don't detect that attitude toward Bush. The example you mentioned quantifies my point about incompetence. This is a dire problem and unfortunately, one our enemies are also aware of.
That's even scarier!
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