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Breaking on Fox Rick Santorum Reading Unclassified Version over 500 Chemical WMDs Found

Posted on 06/21/2006 2:39:13 PM PDT by COUNTrecount

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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
It's like pop music: It's all in the distribution.
101 posted on 06/21/2006 3:28:50 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty ( 2006, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: Augie Doggy

But nobody reads the papers anyway. So Freepers should get along giving hits to every website that carries this story---let 'em know they do have readers.


102 posted on 06/21/2006 3:29:15 PM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

shut up, robert.


103 posted on 06/21/2006 3:30:37 PM PDT by patton (What the heck just happened, here?)
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WMDS in Iraq [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
http://corner.nationalreview.com/

Here is a very rough transcript of the Rick Santorum-Pete Hoekstra press conference from earlier this evening...(basically my understanding is Santorum caught wind of this from an administration official earlier this year. He's been working to track down and now has gotten part of a report declassified):

Congressman hoekstra and i are here today to say that we have found weapons of mass destruction in iraq, chemical weapons. It's a document that was developed by our intelligence community which for the last 2.5 Months i have been pursuing and thanks to the help of the chairman of the house intelligence committee, ultimately he was able to get it in his hands and i was able to look at it. I think both of us feel very strongly this is vitally important information that the amercian people needs to know and so i will read the portions of the unclassified version and then i'll turn it over to peter to make his comments about the significance of that and then i'll be happy to answer questions.

The unclassified version of this report states as follows follows. Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons [munitions] which contain sarin nerve agent. Despite the efforts to destroy the pre-war chemical [munitions], fill and unfilled are assessed to still exist.

Now, let me go off the quote. That means that in addition to the 500, there are filled and unfilled munitions existing in the company. Back on statement,

they could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorist and insurgent groups would have implications for forces in iraq. Possibility of use outside of iraq cannot be ruled out. The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard filled project tiles.

I underscore filled. It depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal. It has been reported in open press that insurgents and iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.

This is an incredibly significant finding.

The idea that as my colleagues have repeatedly said this this debate on the other side of the aisle that there are no weapons of mass destruction is in fact false. We have found over 500 weapons of mass destruction and, in fact, have found that there are additional weapons of mass — chemical weapons still in the country….

Santorum will be on Hannity & Colmes later tonight.
Posted at 6:18 PM


104 posted on 06/21/2006 3:30:37 PM PDT by theophilusscribe
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To: demkicker
ButI can't even think of an excuse as to why they've kept this information secret while letting themselves get pummeled.

The reason any WMD's in Iraq would be kept secret would be to keep Al Queda from digging around looking for it before we could find it.

105 posted on 06/21/2006 3:31:05 PM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1400 knives and counting!)
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To: COUNTrecount; Cap Huff; Dog; Coop; AdmSmith; jmc1969; Straight Vermonter; Wiz; Marine_Uncle; ...

Ya Hoo....ROve strikes back...take that DemonicRats....


106 posted on 06/21/2006 3:32:47 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: demkicker
ButI can't even think of an excuse as to why they've kept this information secret

Nor can I, I think most everyone knew they were there (even many Dems). I have a hunch Santorum was correct in saying President Bush didn't want to revisit it and get in a huge battle over it.

107 posted on 06/21/2006 3:33:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: GrandEagle
WE (the US) taught and trained them how to make and use chemical weapons back when they were at war with Iran.

Nonsense. What is the source of that allegation?

108 posted on 06/21/2006 3:33:28 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Technogeeb
what ever.
In any event I'm glad we found them, and hope we find more before the bad guys do.
109 posted on 06/21/2006 3:35:35 PM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: COUNTrecount

Santorum: 500 Chemical-Weapons Shells Found In Iraq

According to numerous sources but not yet on the wires, Senator Rick Santorum announced a few minutes ago that the US has found 500 chemical-weapons shells in Iraq. Hot Air has the hot link for what little data exists thus far. Apparently, some of the shells contained sarin and others mustard gas. No word has come yet on when and where the US found these munitions.

I will update this as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Nothing on the wires yet at 5:10 pm CT, but let's think through what this discovery -- if it is new -- means. We have found a handful of such shells already in Iraq; I reported such a find here in November 2004. The shells had come from around the time of the first Gulf War and the contents had likely been rendered inert by the passage of time and exposure to air. That has a lot less significance than a find of 500 shells; that kind of stockpile could have done real damage to our troops during the invasion, and of course could also have caused a lot more trouble with civilians in the hands of terrorists, if properly deployed.

The political significance will be difficult to calculate without more information on when and where the shells were found, in what condition, and so on. However, their existence in those numbers will at least eliminate the argument that Saddam's WMD existed only in his head, a position that former Saddam henchmen have taken ever since they fell into Coalition hands.

UPDATE II: Here's a post that noted confirmation of one shell with sarin gas found in May 2004.

 

From Captain's Quarters
110 posted on 06/21/2006 3:35:50 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: COUNTrecount
Can we shove this down their throats now?


111 posted on 06/21/2006 3:37:33 PM PDT by Just Lori (To everything, there is a season.........Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8)
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To: bnelson44

I'd be very surprised if the wires report this. It will be a buried story.


112 posted on 06/21/2006 3:37:57 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Spanaway Lori
Can we shove this down their throats now?

By all means! Shout it from the rooftops!

113 posted on 06/21/2006 3:38:39 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: kabar

Like the last group of missiles found in Iraq, these will prove to be from the 1980's and as such, useless.

If they were intact and operable, we'd have known about it almost immediately.


114 posted on 06/21/2006 3:40:43 PM PDT by soupcon
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To: gridlock

The center package, with the Russion writing and heavy foxing on the label, is the subject. The two adjacent packages were likely provided by the U.S. for testing.


115 posted on 06/21/2006 3:41:14 PM PDT by HighWheeler (Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. - Marion Barry)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Well, we can't let them bury it. That's all there is to it. Letters to the editor, talk radio, blogging, anything you can think of to get this info out there!


116 posted on 06/21/2006 3:41:33 PM PDT by The Blitherer ("These are not dark days, these are great days." W. S. Churchill)
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To: wouldntbprudent
But nobody reads the papers anyway.

My Dem mother-in-law in Los Angeles does. She gets the NYT and the LA Times every day, as well as all variety of left-wing monthly publications.

She just called a few minutes ago to gloat over how long it took for Bush to finally "fabricate" some WMD "evidence". She says the fact it took so long to make this up proves how stupid he really is.

What could I say, other than "looking forward to out visit next month too".

117 posted on 06/21/2006 3:42:40 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Republican Wildcat

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=/Nation/archive/200606/NAT20060621e.html


118 posted on 06/21/2006 3:44:19 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Cementjungle

You have my deepest sympathies.


119 posted on 06/21/2006 3:44:56 PM PDT by Just Lori (To everything, there is a season.........Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8)
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To: Spanaway Lori

Yes, I think it is time.


120 posted on 06/21/2006 3:45:03 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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