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Saddam Restarted Nuclear Program
World Threats ^ | 3-10-2010

Posted on 03/10/2010 8:47:12 AM PST by reaganwasright1980

At the time of the 1990 offer, Iraq was embarked in a crash program to develop nuclear weapons in the face of a threatened U.S.-led attack over its occupation of Kuwait. By that date, Iraqi scientists had acquired a limited amount of weapons-grade enriched uranium but lacked several key components, including a workable design for a small nuclear warhead.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; nuclearweapons; saddam; wmd
The smoking gun?
1 posted on 03/10/2010 8:47:12 AM PST by reaganwasright1980
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To: reaganwasright1980

Very, very old news. It is well known that Iraq had a nuclear program in 1990. Nobody disputes that. It is equally well known now that it did not have one by the late 1990s. Hans Blix was right.....but, of course, his critics will never apologize.


2 posted on 03/10/2010 8:50:00 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: reaganwasright1980

I don’t know if it is a smoking gun, but it’s great watching the clips from 2002 as Democrat after Democrat assured us that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.


3 posted on 03/10/2010 8:50:36 AM PST by Enterprise (Dan Rather said Obama is so incompetent he couldn't sell watermelons.)
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To: Captain Kirk
Other than the 150 tons of yellow cake found, and all the necessary parts to restart the program on a moments notice, Blix was too busy tasting the proffered cheese and wine to notice.
4 posted on 03/10/2010 8:52:32 AM PST by PIF
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To: reaganwasright1980

Of course he did. COMMON SENSE alone tells you that a guy like Hussein would NOT just say “oh well, I’ll just forget it...”
There is a REAL world out there. With REAL bad guys. They don’t just stop.


5 posted on 03/10/2010 9:00:06 AM PST by J40000
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To: Captain Kirk

And the 550 TONS of uranium were for office lighting?


6 posted on 03/10/2010 9:01:23 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: PIF

I think it was over 500 tons.


7 posted on 03/10/2010 9:01:45 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: reaganwasright1980
It seems that they had the plans from N. Korea for a bomb. Betrayed by the un again.
8 posted on 03/10/2010 9:03:57 AM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: reaganwasright1980

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/09/AR2010030903775.html?wprss=rss_world&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wp-dyn%2Frss%2Fworld%2Findex_xml+(washingtonpost.com+-+World)

Saddam’s defense team wonders why the WP is reporting this today, if it is such old news? From the WP:

“But the newly uncovered documents suggest that Khan’s offer of nuclear assistance was more comprehensive than previously known. A 1990 letter attributed to a Khan business associate offered Iraq a chance to leap past technical hurdles to acquire weapons capability.”


9 posted on 03/10/2010 9:08:03 AM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: LS; ReaganWasRight; Enterprise; PIF; roses of sharon; mountainlion
Here we go again. This yellowcake was identified and sequestered by inspectors after the first Gulf War. The storage containers date from 1992 and Saddam did not disturb them after that, even after the inspectors left. Not even at the height of the WMD hysteria did Bush think the issue even worth mentioning.

As the Iraq study group concluded, no effort was made by Saddam after 1991 to restart the nuclear program.

In other words, the existence of this yellowcake did not constitute ANY evidence that Saddam had a nuclear program at the time of Gulf War II. The buried 1992 drums were not disturbed. Again, Hans Blix was right but his critics lack the grace and humility to admit it.

Here is a pretty good back and forth discussion on this non-issue.

10 posted on 03/10/2010 9:19:49 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: reaganwasright1980

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11 posted on 03/10/2010 9:23:27 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: Captain Kirk
Weapons Inspector: Saddam is Addicted to WMD's (1999)
12 posted on 03/10/2010 9:26:34 AM PST by faq
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To: Captain Kirk

Sure you can believe the Iraq Study Group on Saddam’s intentions. Uh huh. The very fact that they a) existed in Iraq; that b) no one could PREVENT him from accessing them at any point means that c) he “had” them and “had” WMDs any time he needed them.


13 posted on 03/10/2010 9:31:39 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Captain Kirk; Allegra
From your link:

Bush's invasion was the act of a criminally negligent imbecile...

And folks say your boy Ron Paul and his followers are the same as the anti war lefty kooks...

I just can't see how they come to that conclusion...

14 posted on 03/10/2010 9:32:10 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Palin bashers on freerepublic, like a fart in Church...)
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To: ejonesie22
And folks say your boy Ron Paul and his followers are the same as the anti war lefty kooks

Name calling and pounding your fist is apparently the only response you can make. Please note that you fail to address any of the specific points I raised e.g. the fact the yellowcake was not disturbed after the post Gulf War I inspectors left.

15 posted on 03/10/2010 9:35:28 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: ejonesie22

Dontcha know that Saddam was just “holding on” to all that uranium and really had no evil intentions and those wonderful, trustworthy weapons inspectors (who, it seems, always had a group of Iraqi “assistants” with them) can be counted on to inform us as to what the reliable and sane dictator Mr. Hussein was going to do. So of course Ron Paul knows that the war was “unnecessary.”


16 posted on 03/10/2010 9:35:37 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LS
Sure you can believe the Iraq Study Group on Saddam’s intentions. Uh huh. The very fact that they a) existed in Iraq; that b) no one could PREVENT him from accessing them at any point means that c) he “had” them and “had” WMDs any time he needed them.

Is that your best shot? Word games? Are you claiming that Saddam was working on WMD at the time of Gulf War II. If you evidence, put up or shut up.

17 posted on 03/10/2010 9:36:58 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk

The evidence is there. 500 tons of it. In Saddam’s possession. Not yours, not Ron Pauls, not the UN’s. Saddam’s. And THAT’S your best shot???? lame.


18 posted on 03/10/2010 9:39:20 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Captain Kirk
It is the only point worth making in this case.

We get it, you Paul folks are against the war. So is code pink and the left.

The company you keep...

19 posted on 03/10/2010 9:40:42 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Palin bashers on freerepublic, like a fart in Church...)
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To: LS
His phaser has lacked a charge for some years...
20 posted on 03/10/2010 9:41:21 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Palin bashers on freerepublic, like a fart in Church...)
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To: ejonesie22

Oh...please enlighten the benighted. You apparently believe Saddam had a WMD program in the late 1990s and early 200s. Right? Okay, let’s see your evidence.


21 posted on 03/10/2010 9:42:53 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: ejonesie22
"And folks say your boy Ron Paul and his followers are the same as the anti war lefty kooks..."

It has become obvious at this point that each of Ron Paul's 'followers' has seized upon a handful of his observations and compliants, and extrapolated from them to their own bizzare beliefs, thus the 'Real' Ron Paul is nothing but a spray of projections that his so-called followers find satisfying, even though untested.

22 posted on 03/10/2010 9:45:01 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: Captain Kirk
1) You cannot deny that Saddam had the uranium.

2)You have no evidence whatsoever that anyone, anywhere, anyhow could resist Saddam taking whatever he wanted in Iraq and doing whatever he wanted with it.

Slam dunk.

When you then combine that with the fact that at any minute he could "nationalize" that, hand it to al-Quaeda or whomever, without one other cause, that alone made the war worth it and necessary.

23 posted on 03/10/2010 9:46:54 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Captain Kirk
The UN Inspectors were a multinational joke. Read Saddam's Secrets by Georges Sada and get the inside story. There were over 50 flights of yellow cake to Syria under the guise of Humanitarian aid. Saddam's sons took convoys of weapons and supplies to Syria under the nose of UN inspectors also.
24 posted on 03/10/2010 9:49:37 AM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: LS
The evidence is there. 500 tons of it. In Saddam’s possession.

And....none of this yellowcake was a secret in 2002, all of it was identifed post Gulf War I by inspectors, all of it is in undisturbed 1992 drums, none of it disturbed by Saddam after the inspectors left, and Bush didn't even think it worthwhile to emphasize the existence of said yellowcake. Which one of these points do you dispute? Give us your best shot. You must be able to do better than this!?

25 posted on 03/10/2010 9:52:57 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk

Here is some evidence:

http://www.globalpolitician.com/21610-iraq-syria-wmd

It is rarely discussed with seriousness but why is it not seriously considered that WMD were moved to Syria.

We are all supposed to look the other way when Israel bombs a nuclear facility in 2007. So the Syrian Baathist were building WMD and Nuclear weapons but of course the allied iraqi Baathist were not.

Saddam wanted the world to think he had the weapons and was willing to use them. It was an established part of his international persona. The continued effort to refashion Saddam into a neutered cooperative global citizen is immoral.

It is so annoying that the Left and the Right collaborate on this inhumane project.


26 posted on 03/10/2010 9:54:25 AM PST by lonestar67 ("I love my country a lot more than I love politics," President George W. Bush)
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To: mountainlion

Shifting the topic eh? Let’s stick with this one for awhile. What specific evidence do you (or anyone else) have the Saddam was using this yellowcake in a post Gulf War WMD project?


27 posted on 03/10/2010 9:54:47 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk
You are kidding, right?

You think the yellow cake was there as party favors to Saddam's guests?

There have been years of posts that the assessments were either incomplete or tampered with.

The only folks who buy the party line from the UN are folks in the left.

I thought you were trying to get away from that charge leveled at you and the other Paulistinians...

28 posted on 03/10/2010 9:55:29 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Palin bashers on freerepublic, like a fart in Church...)
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To: reaganwasright1980

You’re not supposed to use the word “restarted” anymore!


29 posted on 03/10/2010 9:55:33 AM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: All

http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/57506/sec_id/57506

http://davidbellavia.com/2010/new-english-review-article-on-british-iraq-inquiry-must-read/

Article unpacks the recent formal hearings the British held over their participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom:

The Worst of Intentions

Saddam wanted to keep his surge-production abilities in BW as well as in CW. As Duelfer described, a “break-out production capability” in BW existed at one site, the State Company for Drug Industries and Medical Appliances, SDI, at Samarra. ISG judged that Saddam could surge production of Anthrax spores within four months if he so desired. Let us assume that four months is not exactly a safe timeframe for our intelligence community to both detect and disrupt the anthrax threat before a hand-off to the terrorist group. To put it mildly.
Maybe this is why Dr. David Kay, Duelfer’s predecessor at ISG, reported to Congress in October 2003 that one scientist was ordered to conceal reference strains of BW organisms like anthrax, ricin and Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in his own refrigerator, which he turned over to ISG. The scientist knew of the location of other, much larger seed stockpiles, but these were unsurprisingly missing when ISG investigators showed up to collect them. Similarly, most of the hard drives, written reports, and lab samples suspected of being BW in refrigerators were deliberately and selectively vandalized and destroyed shortly before the coalition forces arrived, according to Dr. Kay.

Keep in mind: the real danger to Americans was not that Saddam would use chemical weapons in a final battle against American forces invading his country. Our forces can protect themselves against nearly every unconventional weapon with the gear and supplies they’re trained to use. The real danger was that Saddam would hand over smaller quantities (not battlefield quantities) of his anthrax spores to the next Mohammed Atta, who would then rent a crop-duster plane in Cedar Rapids and spray the good stuff all over Des Moines at rush hour. That was the danger we went to war over. It doesn’t take much more than one 155 millimeter shell filled with mustard gas to dump into the HEVAC system of the NBC Building in Chicago. Shortly before OIF, Hans Blix, of all people, found fourteen of these 155 mm shells filled with mustard gas, which totaled approximately 49 liters and was still at high purity (more than 90% concentrate). Blix’s UNMOVIC also found, among other things:

Approximately 500 ml of thiodiglycol
Some 122 mm chemical warheads
Some chemical equipment
224.6 kg of expired growth media
50 Al-Samoud II missiles


30 posted on 03/10/2010 9:58:38 AM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: lonestar67
Doesn't matter, Paulistinians are immune to facts.

It's their world of imagination, let ‘em live in it.

31 posted on 03/10/2010 9:59:31 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Palin bashers on freerepublic, like a fart in Church...)
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To: reaganwasright1980

http://www.c-spanarchives.org/program/id/218878

4 part cspan testimony of Tony Blair in recent months....


32 posted on 03/10/2010 10:01:14 AM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: lonestar67
Immoral yes...their reasons even more so.

They are still smarting from Saddam and Son's deaths because the financed targeting of Israeli women and children on buses and in the marketplace has ended.

But they still have Iran...notice how they now protect that nut job.

33 posted on 03/10/2010 10:06:51 AM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: Captain Kirk
Here we go again. This yellowcake was identified and sequestered by inspectors after the first Gulf War. The storage containers date from 1992 and Saddam did not disturb them after that, even after the inspectors left.

Geroges Sada reports that 56 sorties flew yellow cake, chemicals and other stuff after June 2002.

34 posted on 03/10/2010 10:21:36 AM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Captain Kirk

I don’t need to do anything. You’ve already lost this one. You admit that you had TONS of uranium in Saddam’s hands, that there wasn’t a damn thing anyone could so about it, short of invading. Thank you Pres. Bush. Lame, dude. It’s a lame argument on your part. You are required to show that Saddam could NOT have accessed this.


35 posted on 03/10/2010 12:07:51 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: reaganwasright1980; All
Check out the mighty jveritas..........lots of WMD, etc., info.........

http://www.freerepublic.com/~jveritas/

:}

36 posted on 03/10/2010 2:31:28 PM PST by AwesomePossum
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To: LS

We both know the truth and your failure to address my points proves it. To sum it up: The yellowcake was identified by inspectors post Gulf War I, sequestered, and not disturbed by Saddam. In short, Saddam did NOT have a nuclear program after Gulf War I. Your silence on that point says it all.


37 posted on 03/11/2010 7:37:35 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: Captain Kirk

We both know the truth, and you have not addressed the truth at all. Again, two simple points. Saddam had 500 TONS (get it? TONS) of uranium in his possession, and neither you nor Ron Paul nor the UN nor anyone else could have stopped him from using it however he chose (short of an invasion). Your silence on THAT shows you’ve lost, big time, and your little arguments are lame and beyond silly. Saying the UN inspectors knew where it was is is beyond comment.


38 posted on 03/11/2010 9:13:33 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Captain Kirk

I am elated that Saddam and his henchmen have been executed. I also am elated that his two sons were blasted by a TOW missile from a unit attached to the 101st Abn.


39 posted on 03/11/2010 9:28:19 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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