“Why the Bush administration wouldnt have trumpeted news of the Syrian reactor worldwide in September 2007 is beyond us, but there obviously were some reasons assuming the TV report is true, which we have no way of establishing. In fact, we have no idea why the Israelis are choosing this moment to rehash the bombing of this site.... More”
There is a very good reason why the US didn’t announce to the world that it found Saddams WMD. Let’s say we did. NOw let’s say Al Queada put out a press release saying they knew this and took a few tons of stuff and are going to use it against US interests. What would the RATS say? That George Bush put the US in danger.
It was a no win for the administration and they believed that it would be easier to beat Kerry with the “No WMD” argument rather then the “Bush put us all in danger” argument.
100’s of 18 wheel trucks do not mysteriously vanish in to the night. To think otherwise would be naive. My bet is even the Syrians wanted the crap gone.
Imagine what would happen to the Democrat party if Obama or Hillary is elected and all of a sudden one of Saddams WMD’s makes its way to the US. They blamed Bush for invading on a false premise and now it was true.
The Democrat party would be dead.
The Syrians have massive amounts of their own "WMD" - huge chemical weapons program for decades.
If there was any putative Iraqi WMD in Syria may be hard to tell what is Syrian or Iraqi, and likely would be fairly irrelevant compared to what Syria already has.
“Imagine what would happen to the Democrat party if Obama or Hillary is elected and all of a sudden one of Saddams WMDs makes its way to the US. They blamed Bush for invading on a false premise and now it was true.
The Democrat party would be dead.”
That is far too much to hope for.
The media would never let it play out that way.
Stick to the “facts”, sir.
It would be Bush’s fault ... regardless of anything.
As I said, there are any number of reasonable and believable explanations, all of which come down to the logical conclusion that Saddam had WMDs; that other powers did not want this publicly proven (whether because of French, German, Russian, or whatever connection to the production/storage/transfer of these); that Bush thought it better to take a PR hit on this rather than follow through with the necessary foreign policy steps should such info become public. My guess is that Bush got some private assurances from a number of parties-—Russia, France, even Syria, that if this remained secret, they certain actions would follow (destruction of the WMDs, quiet arrests of all Saddam sympathizers inside their countries, certain info on al-Qaeda contacts in the countries).