Skip to comments.Shocker: New York Times Confirms Iraqi Nuclear Weapons Program
Posted on 11/02/2006 8:09:04 PM PST by hipaatwo
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And just like the mustard and nerve gas he had, the Left will say this was okay; they'll say we all knew this; they'll say it's just old news that Saddam had these things. They'll ignore the fact that he wasn't to have them anymore.
You are likely correct that there is no earth shaking news in this because it relates to the situation at the time of Gulf War I. However, it is sufficiently muddled that both sides will get play. I think the bottom line will be a wash or a small gain for the good guys.
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His point is wrong. Iraq had no workable design in 1991 or 1992. See #125.
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Dude. Any half way competent engineer can figure out how to build a crude, but very deadly and destructive nuke in a few hours via public libraries, or today, the Internet. To put it bluntly, building a nuke is not "rocket science."
The basic knowledge hasn't been "secret" since the 1950s. Understand even a little about physics, and it is not all that complex. The only hard part is getting the materials necessary. That is also very expensive which is why nukes have been the sole property of nation-states and not the stuff of the Unibomber or Timothy McVeigh.
It's also why we have a thing called non-proliferation. It's not the knowledge. It's the materials.
I'm hesitant to actually call someone that without proof, but I have to say, the thought has crossed my mind.
Rush needs to get on this on his show tomorrow, and let the public know how the Slimes and the MSM wants to be 2 sided with this issue.
Let's just accept your premise. Okay, so you concede that Saddam maintained details and technical diagrams of his nuke program. And, the NYT is saying that if posted on the internet, these details and diagrams could enable Iran to build nukes. But in Saddam's hands they were no threat? Like he didn't have a freakin' copy machine? He couldn't sell them to Al Qaeda or Iran or North Korea? Or decide to go ahead and build them himself? The very fact that the IAEA (and the NYT) is in such a huff about these documents shows that Saddam had something very dangerous, just like Bush always said. This pops the "no WMD" balloon once and for all.
Or just buy the enriched uranium.
The MSM just got outflanked. And that's really saying something, considering they're all flank.
"European diplomats said this week that some of those nuclear documents on the Web site were identical to the ones presented to the United Nations Security Council in late 2002, as America got ready to invade Iraq. But unlike those on the Web site, the papers given to the Security Council had been extensively edited, to remove sensitive information on unconventional arms."
So...these are apparently the documents used to justify the invasion.
Did they indicate danger or not?
This will backfire on them.
You are right about the threat he posed. Iraq may have had the KNOWLEDGE to build a bomb for a long time. It was the ability to process the material causing the delay.
I believe this is the paragraph in question:
Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Husseins scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.
It's interesting that the author is careful to say "in the 1990's and in 2002". Also the author refers to "experts" on multiple occasions yet names none except for one individual mentioned in the following paragraph. This paragraph is actually in the article before the above paragraph so it's doubtful that this "expert" is one associated with the above statements:
For the U.S. to toss a match into this flammable area is very irresponsible, said A. Bryan Siebert, a former director of classification at the federal Department of Energy, which runs the nations nuclear arms program. Theres a lot of things about nuclear weapons that are secret and should remain so.
My point is there are no experts named. But this sentence, Experts say that at the time, Mr. Husseins scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away, contrary to what you say, does not specify that this was per communications between the Iraqi governement and UN inspectors nor does it specify which "year" in which Iraq was "as little as a year away" from a nuclear weapon.
You said so much better what I have been trying to point out on this and another thread about this. Thanks.