The bombing of Syria symbolizes our confusion. Why would Syria want a nuclear reactor and why put it on the border of Turkey, a country the Syrians arent particularly friendly with? If the Syrians had a nuclear reactor, why would the Israelis be coy about it? Why would the Americans? Having said nothing for months apart from careful leaks, why are the Israelis going to speak publicly now? And if what they are going to say is simply that the North Koreans provided the equipment, whats the big deal? That was leaked months ago.
The events of September 2007 make no sense and have never made any sense. The events we have seen since February make no sense either. That is noteworthy, and we bring it to your attention. We are not saying that the events are meaningless. We are saying that we do not know their meaning. But we cant help but regard them as ominous.
I have stopped asking such questions.
The Bush administration has consistant in their silence while being pounded by the left.
I still trust though that it is for good reason.
And that will lead to a nasty letter from the UN, accompanied by pleas from the State Dept not to do anything.
I don’t see any difficulty explaining why Israel would have waited 7 months to say much about the bombing of the Syrian reactor site (if indeed they are about to say something). In the initials days after the bombing they would have been waiting to closely assess they Syrian reaction, international issues, etc. They actually had no reason to make a big deal of it at the time unless they wanted to increase the likelihood of a war with Syria (which they would win, of course, but there is no reason to think that Israel’s current leaders were looking for a war with Syria). IF there had been much comment from Israel at the time, it would have increased pressure on Assad’s regime to respond militarily or else “lose face”..... as it is everyone knows Syria had its butt kicked, but without the most explicit public humiliation that Assad could no longer ignore.
If Israel does come out with info now, whether for their own reasons or due to US needs/pressures, they have judged that the bombing is enough in the past that Assad will not immediately ratchet up to a shooting war over it. Again, no one doubts that Israel can kick Syria’s butt any moment of the year, but they do not want to go to the trouble and expense of actually doing so unless there is an absolutely compelling and urgent reason.
Best part: Wilson negotiated a deal for the Israelis to supply weapons to the muj via Pakistan!! The catch was, there could be no stars of David on the shipping crates.
Despite rulings by the lawyers at the CIA which said that we could not ship sniper rifles to the muj, Gust Avrakotos shipped them anyway, under the designation, "special viewing devices."
The Paks and Saudies COULD NOT be seen by their people as working with the Jews, even to liberate Afghanistan from the Reds; the U.S. was told behind the scenes that any direct US aid found coming from Pakistan would result in the Russkies taking out Pakistan, possibly through India and her nukes!!
Starting to get the picture?
There are any number of plausible scenarios for why the WMDs in Iraq a) were not intercepted when they were first moved, and b) acknowledged after they arrived in (probably) Syria. For one thing, the US would have had to invade Syria---and the public simply wasn't ready for that. Perhaps---just perhaps, I don't know---Bush knew that if they got to Syria, the Israelis would at a convenient moment take care of our problem.
One line stood out in Charlie Wilson's War: Gust noted that the very best spy programs are the ones the reporters think haven't worked. And the spies will never publicly claim credit. Gust only did so about Afghanistan some 15 years later. This is critical to keep in mind: what ever the press thinks it is "telling us" about the situation, it is almost certainly wrong.
Seems like a lot of words that say nothing, which the article admits.
Link to video.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see. WMD’s...interesting.
Iraq ia going down.
bump for later
I would love to see the faces of the traitorous libRats if the whole thing unravels in their faces long about convention time...They would never recover.And they have yet to learn they shouldn't play poker with that Texan = he knows how to hold 'em.
ping for later
My theory is that France, Germany and Russia were involved up to their eyeballs with Saddams WMD's. The reason those three suddenly dug in their heels at the UN in the runup to Desert Storm II was to buy time to erase their fingerprints in Iraq.
We aren't talking about the stockpiles of inefficient WWI era chemical weapons we all have seen photos of. Modern chem-bio's are extraordinarily lethal in small quantity. Remember the missing +2K liters of Iraqi anthrax? That would fit in the back of one UHaul truck. A few convoys of 18 wheelers should have had no difficulty transporting the entire production facilities and inventory out of Iraq.
If the Russians went to the trouble of providing Spec-Op's to escort the convoys out of Iraq, they probably also added a few diplomats to provide diplomatic immunity to the convoys as well. Remember just after the commencement of hostilities that a convoy was strafed which we were told was a "Russian diplomatic convoy"?
I suspect after sanitizing Iraq, Russia, Germany and France recommended to #10 and the WH because their cooperation would be needed in the future, it would be best to put this matter behind us.
If the WMD's were stored in Syria, I can understand waiting to be certain before attacking the sites.
The only thing that puzzles me is that all the reports had the convoys final destination being Syria or Lebanon. If the russians really did go to all that trouble, why didn't the convoys go to one of the Syrian ports where the goods would have been loaded onto Russian warships for safe passage to Russia?
Sorry - I don’t believe the “we’ve found Saddam’s weapons” part of this thing. He may indeed have moved his chemical, bio or nuclear weapons - but then, where are the facilities that go with them? We certainly would have found the tens of thousands of centrifuges or massive clean-rooms and obvious production plants for the bio-weapons.
No information (either good or bad) from the authorities in the know is exactly how a war should be waged.
Not only was this site bombed, there were reports of ground forces removing something from the site. Those forces may have been more than IDF and could well have included American operatives. What is certain is that what ever was attacked was important and as covert as such things can be. My bet is that a nuke or parts of one were seized to keep the Syrians/Iranians from assembling a bomb. Was N. Korea the sole source of this stuff? ...I would suppose Saddam’s WMDs were also part of this. Why the silence by the Administration? Perhaps to keep information sources secure.