Maybe because they hadn’t found them all, maybe because some stuff did migrate out of the country ...
who knows what the strategy is/was to keeping the “finds” secret...
The other thought is, if they did or had broadcast they were finding this stuff....then what of Al Queda and the rogue insurgents going after it and using it. Could you just imagine every gang in Iraq scavenging the countryside, finding and using....
That makes sense. It just would have helped the effort, or morale so much if you held it up and said “here it is!”, and we arent stopping until we get to Tehran.
Yep. I started floating the theory right after the invasion that the reason any stories of WMD facilities were being spiked was just for that reason. Saddam had over 10,000 weapons depots. The LAST thing we needed was to be in some kind of race with Al Queda to scrounge up some chemical or bio weapons, all spread out allah-knows-where. It seemed logical to me that it was in our best interest to say instead that there were no WMDs. One reason I was so suspicious of this was that it seemed like the announcement of "no WMD's" came out ~awfully~ early... long before we could have actually searched all those thousands of locations. It would meand that Bush would have to fall on his sword and take the personal hit for it, but I do think he would do that if that's what was necessary.
“then what of Al Queda and the rogue insurgents going after it and using it. Could you just imagine every gang in Iraq scavenging the countryside, finding and using....”
This is the explanation that makes the most sense on why the Bush administration did not advertise the WMD finds. Also, it is possible there are still some in Iraq.
That’s just about the best explanation I’ve read as to why Bush didn’t loudly publicize the finding of WMDs.
But ... he says in his book that not finding WMDs was a disappointment.