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Weapons of Mass Destruction ( or Distortion or Deception? You decide...)
various FR links | 06-07-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 06/07/2003 3:28:43 PM PDT by backhoe

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Orson Scott Card: Iraq -- Quit or Stay? [a very comprehensive review]
Pulling defeat from the jaws of victory
Orson Scott Card on the Democrat Party before the 2003 election.

101 posted on 01/27/2006 4:47:14 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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VIDEO! IRAQI GENERAL: SADDAM MOVED WMD TO SYRIA BEFORE INVASION

102 posted on 01/29/2006 12:56:58 PM PST by backhoe
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Just the Facts...
 
Questions on DOCEX (Stephen Hayes documents found in Iraq)
 
Saddam's secrets (WMD's)--Rick Moran reviews all the previous information to the effect that Saddam transported his WMD’s to Syria before the war, information now confirmed by Iraqi General Sada, author, Saddam’s Secrets. He does a wonderful job of putting it all together. I’d add just one thing: the aborted post-invasion chemical attack on Jordan where that government said the chemicals for the attack had been transported to Jordan from Syria.  Macsmind reminds us that Senator Rockefeller made his trip to Damascus just prior to the reported transshipment of WMDs, a trip in which he has admitted he warned Assad that the invasion  of Iraq was certain.

103 posted on 02/02/2006 4:25:38 PM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Saddam WMD Tapes
 
A second Iraqi former commander confirms WMDs
 
Saddam general: WMDs in Syria

104 posted on 02/15/2006 4:47:57 PM PST by backhoe
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Secret Tapes Show Saddam's Son-in-Law Admitted WMD Deception (Partial Transcript)

105 posted on 02/16/2006 5:12:56 AM PST by backhoe
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Secret Tapes Show Saddam's Son-in-Law Admitted WMD Deception (Partial Transcript)
 
Tapes: Saddam Had Secret Uranium Enrichment Program

106 posted on 02/16/2006 4:50:48 PM PST by backhoe
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Saddam's WMD's: The Syrian Connection-- The New York Sun is doing yeoman’s work in explaining why the latest group-think—that Saddam Hussein had no proscribed WMD—may be very wrong. Ha’aretz has lent its support, reporting that Israeli officials believe “[m]aterial was transferred to Syria in the dark of the night, on the very eve of the war,” and “[t]he Americans are the ones who are making the mistake now." That is also the view of retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, who headed the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.

107 posted on 02/23/2006 2:09:03 AM PST by backhoe
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Tapes reveal WMD plans by Saddam (Rowan Scarborough)
FLASHBACK
 

108 posted on 03/13/2006 3:52:55 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Bush Admin. releases 48K boxes of Saddam Documents (FOX NEWS ALERT!)
 
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

EUREKA! Saddam's War Cabinet Meeting Recordings, Documents to be RELEASED

Breaking news: They are releasing the documents! Okay bloggers, who reads Farsi Arabic? I'lll buy lunch. It's about 46,000 boxes to go through and I don't trust MSM translators.

UPDATE: FOX News just reported this, no links yet

Craig thanks for the link to the Weekly Standard (to which we owe a great debt)  Comments (6)

 

109 posted on 03/13/2006 4:54:40 PM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection(Yes, Saddam financially supported terrorists) --now how do we convince the MSM to print these documents?
It seems very unlikely the MSM will ever print any documents that would prove they were wrong for years.

110 posted on 03/18/2006 6:41:14 AM PST by backhoe
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Bush had good reason to believe there were WMD in Iraq --If you’ll take a look at the websites, below, you’ll see that Iraq DID have WMD’s, but the main stream media doesn’t want to report it.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05310/600991.stm

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=14295

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/8/28/110744.shtml

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=20&artnum=1&issue=20060224

I know, it doesn't fit the template so it doesn't get reported. (sigh)
 
Captain's Quarters: Case Closed

Captain’s Quarters has a translation of an Iraqi document showing that Saddam Hussein recruited suicide bombers to attack American interests.

Prediction: this will have no effect on the “Bush lied, millions died!” crowd, who are in the grip of a derangement so severe that no facts or documents will ever have an impact.  Yes, and there were WMDs.    link: 32 comments

You're referring to the work by Laura Mylroie, which traces Saddam's involvment in a secret war against the US since the end of the first Gulf War?

1999 Document Chemical Platoons Applied Training In Chemical Lab to Detect Nerve Agents, VX Agents..

Weapons of Mass Destruction Found

http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/006713.php

'The Iraqi Regime Has Transported The Chemical And Biological Weapons'

CQ reader Sapper sends along a new document from the captured files of the Saddam Hussein regime, one that had just been released on Friday, that has notations indicating where WMD stockpiles might be found. The information on the memo has not been translated but the notations themselves sound breathtaking: In case the DoD website gets slow, I've also uploaded the document to my server here.   Comments (39)


111 posted on 04/12/2006 1:36:48 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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http://sistertoldjah.com/

112 posted on 06/13/2006 3:19:28 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Breaking on Fox Rick Santorum Reading Unclassified Version over 500 Chemical WMDs Found
Hot Air has the hot link for what data exists thus far.
Breaking? WMD report?
Now we're finding stockpiles of WMD's. We found sarin and mustard gas a couple years ago, but the media barely reported it and it fell in the memory hole.
 
500 Sarin, Mustard Gas Shells Confirmed in Iraq

Oh, by the way ... there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: Document Details WMD Recovered In Iraq, Santorum Sayslink: 10 comments

Line forms here to kiss my...

500 WMDs found in Iraq. Just saw Rick Santorum's press conference on TV. Links to follow when I find one.

If you find links first, format like this in the comments:

w3.nameofwebsite.com

(OK, The Corner seems to be watching TV anyway... Try refreshing.)

UPDATE: Allah Pundit says he's not that impressed.

UPDATE 2: Bullet points.

Posted by KShaidle at 05:50 PM | Comments (4)
 

113 posted on 06/21/2006 4:30:36 PM PDT by backhoe
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Liars--A bigger nightmare for the MSM is the horrific torture/murder of those two US servicemen. They're terrified it will enrage Americans to the point where dem's 'get out of Iraq now' won't work with voters.
 
500 Sarin, Mustard Gas Shells Confirmed in Iraq

Oh, by the way ... there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: Document Details WMD Recovered In Iraq, Santorum Says.

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically “sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles,” in Iraq.

Reading from unclassified portions of a document developed by the U.S. intelligence community, Santorum said, “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”

According to Santorum, “That means in addition to the 500, there are filled and unfilled munitions still believed to exist within the country.”

Reading from the document, Santorum added, “Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the Black Market. Use of these weapons by terrorist or insurgent groups would have implications for coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside of Iraq cannot be ruled out. The most likely munitions remaining are sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles. And I underscore filled.”

UPDATE at 6/21/06 5:11:27 pm:

Here’s the actual declassified document (PDF, 132K).

 
#50 jdwill  6/21/2006 04:44PM PDT
 

What boggles my mind is how some many got away with ignoring key messages in the Kay report

We have discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations during the inspections that began in late 2002.


and the more definitive Duelfer report .

Three of the most important items of the key findings of the Duelfer report (in 2004!):

*Sigh* Sad to say, LLL3's suffer from "Terminal MAD" (Moonbat Attention Disorder). The poor dears stay in an eternal rage about everything, but can't stay focused on anything.

#58 Terp Mole  6/21/2006 04:47PM PDT
 

arf: Does anybody know if there's a link to what HAS been found with respect to WMD's in Iraq?
See The Connection by Stephen F. Hayes

 
Iraq Liberation Act, October 1998 (Signed into law by Bill Clinton)
 
#122 TMF  6/21/2006 05:26PM PDT
 

Of course, in conjunction with leftist reporter RON SUSKINDS newly released book revealing a thwarted but very real Al Qaeda plot to release Sarin gas in the NYC subway, this is a very, very, VERY significant development,

#137 rightymouse  6/21/2006 05:39PM PDT
 

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

It's long been widely rumored that Russian experts helped move the Iraqi WMDs to . . .

Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction, WMD in Syria

Syria-Iraq's WMD Locations, Satellite Images

 
CHEMICAL MUNITIONS IN IRAQ

***scroll for updates...FoxNews.com coverage***

Emerging buzz seems to be focused on why it took so long to release info about 500 chemical-weapons shells found in Iraq. Allah's got video of Santorum and chock full of links.

Austin Bay predicts conspiracy-mongering. Ed Morrissey remembers a sarin gas shell discovery in May 2004. Ed theorizes:

Glenn Reynolds has the press conference transcript with Santorum and Hoekstra.

Allah will have video/analysis of anything interesting from Santorum's appearance tonight on Hannity and Colmes.

Power Line weighs in. John Hinderaker:

Update: Santorum and Hoekstra on H&C here.

 

WMD Found In Iraq: Text Of Rick Santorum Interview From Hugh Hewitt Show

From Radio Blogger:
--Go read the whole thing.
--Now the media thus far, I've seen it reported on Fox News, the website Freerepublic.com has got a number of threads running on it, but there is nothing about your announcement in the Washington Post or the New York Times as of three minutes ago. Are you surprised?

RS: Unfortunately not.
 
The Idiot Dialectic--I've been watching the liberal talking heads on several shows this evening spin the discovery of 500 Chemical warheads in Iraq.
 
Don't debate or educate. Look them in their eyes and call them liars.

 

114 posted on 06/22/2006 3:12:06 AM PDT by backhoe
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" Don't debate or educate. Look them in their eyes and call them liars "

Bump to the Top!

Thanks Backhoe, you do an incredible amount of work.

115 posted on 06/22/2006 3:23:23 AM PDT by Kakaze (American: a Citizen of the United States of America........not just some resident of said continent)
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I appreciate your kind words, and thank you for looking.


116 posted on 06/22/2006 3:25:49 AM PDT by backhoe (A Nuke for every Kook- what Clinton "legacy...")
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http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/007271.php

UPDATE VI: Rick at The Real Ugly American has an update with an explanation of the reason the Bush administration kept this quiet:

General Tom Mcinerney is reporting on Fox Hannity and Colmes right now that that the administration has been keeping this low profile to avoid exposing 3 of the 5 members of the UN Security council; Russia, China, and France. McInerney says these weapons will be traced to these countries, and asserts it is well known that Russia helped Saddam move most of his WMD stockpiles out of Iraq before the war.

We wanted to keep France, Russia, and China from embarrassment? Well, maybe...

UPDATE VII: At 8:46 PM, the first wire report from the mainstream media comes from Fox four hours later... Comments (50) |

"Anyone remember the news about the hundreds of hours of audio tape recorded in Saddam's office and captured by us? Here is a translated comment spoken by Saddam's son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, talking about how Iraq fooled the U.N. inspectors:

"We did not reveal all that we have," he says. "Not the type of weapons, not the volume of the materials we imported, not the volume of the production we told them about, not the volume of use. None of this was correct."

I wrote about it in February, but nothing I've ever shown a liberal has ever been sufficient to be that elusive "smoking gun" they demand.

The problem is that you don' t find a smoking gun until after it's been fired.

Posted by: Captain Midnight [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 22, 2006 01:29 AM "

117 posted on 06/22/2006 4:44:40 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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http://mobyrebuttal.blogspot.com/
And I Quote: "Hundreds of WMDs Found in Iraq"
"The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered..."



"...Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."(source)

Read declassified portion of the NGIC report

CNN hasn't seemed to have picked up the story yet (their lead story of course is "Marines file murder charges"), but Kim Jong Il's "North Korea Times" took and interesting spin...
(permalink) Breathtaking Acumen By ALa @ 12:01 AM archive |

118 posted on 06/22/2006 4:52:07 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Report: WMDs Found (Why isn't this headline everywhere?!?)
These are all lies , I tell you!
There are No WMDs in Iraq, I guarantee it!

Vanity - WMD, what we've found and what the left wants you to forget

 

119 posted on 06/22/2006 12:01:57 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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2003 UN Report: Iraq Sulfar Mustard Gas Chemical Weapons Have High Quality After 12 years of Storage
 
CW Stockpile and Disposal of WWII stock deadly while Saddam's stock are harmless
 

120 posted on 06/22/2006 12:29:42 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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http://wizbangblog.com/

WMD In Iraq

One day the story of WMD in Iraq will be known, at least partially. For now, the information is coming out in bits and pieces. Bottom line -- those who said there was no WMD in Iraq were wrong. (Using the definition and standard they set for President Bush, I guess that means they were lying, right?)

Jay at Stop the ACLU has a great roundup of blogosphere reaction to the latest from Pete Hoekstra and Rick Santorum:

U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, joined Congressman Peter Hoekstra, (R-MI-2), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, today to make a major announcement regarding the release of newly declassified information that proves the existence of chemical munitions in Iraq since 2003. The information was released by the Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte, and contained an unclassified summary of analysis conducted by the National Ground Intelligence Center. In March, Senator Santorum began advocating for the release of these documents to the American public.

"The information released today proves that weapons of mass destruction are, in fact, in Iraq," said Senator Santorum. "It is essential for the American people to understand that these weapons are in Iraq. I will continue to advocate for the complete declassification of this report so we can more fully understand the complete WMD picture inside Iraq."

The following are the six key points contained in the unclassified overview:

• Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.

• Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.

• Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorists or insurgent groups would have implications for Coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside Iraq cannot be ruled out.

• The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard-filled projectiles.

• The purity of the agent inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives, and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.

• It has been reported in open press that insurgents and Iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.

I have not checked in at the major liberal blogs to get reaction. My guess is that the conventional wisdom is still that Bush lied about WMD and that there was none in Iraq. (I will update later if I find this not to be the case.) What I find absolutely amazing is that many of those who believe Bush had something to do with the Twin Towers collapsing and who believe that John Kerry really won in Ohio find it impossible to believe that Saddam had WMD -- even though Bill Clinton, the UN, France and dozens of Democrat politicians said he did over and over again.

Over two years ago, I found Ken Timmerman's report of WMD found in Iraq quite compelling, but no one ever seemed to pay much attention to it. (Be sure to read it if you aren't already familiar with it .) Maybe eventually all the information found will be compiled and we will have a comprehensive picture of everything that has been found. Maybe the media will even decide to report it.

UPDATE: From A Real Ugly American (via Flopping Aces' excellent, must read post):

General Tom Mcinerney is reporting on Fox Hannity and Colmes right now that that the administration has been keeping this low profile to avoid exposing 3 of the 5 members of the UN Security council; Russia, China, and France. McInerney says these weapons will be traced to these countries, and asserts it is well known that Russia helped Saddam move most of his WMD stockpiles out of Iraq before the war.
I have on several occasions speculated about why the President would not be touting the information we have about WMD found in Iraq and had come to a similar conclusion. My theory was that if the public knew that certain other countries had been involved with moving WMD, they would demand action that we did not want to, or were not able to, take.

Check out Pajamas Media's WMD Files for previous blogging on the subject. Just for the record, I never doubted.


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Random Yak linked with Pay no attention to the WMD behind the curtain...
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121 posted on 06/22/2006 1:40:26 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Ken Timmerman's report of WMD found in Iraq
Monday, April 26th, 2004
Evidence of Iraq WMD Isn’t Spectacular Enough for Press to Report

When the facts don’t fit the story the media is trying to peddle, they just ignore the facts – even when the facts relate to the discovery of WMD in Iraq. This accounting of the findings by the Iraq Survey Group by Kenneth Timmerman is breathtaking. I knew that David Kay’s testimony was misrepresented to the public, but did not realize the extent of the misrepresentation. This is information that you aren’t getting from ABCBSCNNBC. Please read the whole thing, and remember it the next time you hear that Bush lied about WMD.


122 posted on 06/22/2006 1:50:11 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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WMD in Iraq ..........d'oh

As more and more of this news breaks, expect nothing short of a dumb struck media. I can't understand why the Bush Administration hasn't been talking this up for years

FOX NEWS: HUNDREDS OF WMDs FOUND IN IRAQ

There's more, much more.

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123 posted on 06/22/2006 2:03:40 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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The WMD shell game at the New York Times (The Story the MSM spiked)
124 posted on 06/25/2006 12:53:25 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Saddam Hussein's Iraq Had Weapons of Mass Death
125 posted on 07/14/2006 3:34:46 AM PDT by backhoe
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WMD Truth Is Out
126 posted on 07/29/2006 12:46:23 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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WWIV?
We are in it:

So I Guess The FMSO Documents Are Legit

Over the past year or so, I have provided CQ readers with a number of translations from key Iraqi Intelligence Service documents that have been translated by either the FMSO or by Joseph Shahda of the Free Republic website. I even engaged two interpreters to verify one particularly explosive memo last April, after Shahda published his own translation. Now we find another verification of their authenticity, this time from the New York Times, which reports today that the documents constitute a national-security threat: This is apparently the Times' November surprise, but it's a surprising one indeed. The Times has just authenticated the entire collection of memos, some of which give very detailed accounts of Iraqi ties to terrorist organizations. Just this past Monday, I posted a memo which showed that the Saddam regime actively coordinated with Palestinian terrorists in the PFLP as well as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. On September 20th, I reposted a translation of an IIS memo written four days after 9/11 that worried the US would discover Iraq's ties to Osama bin Laden.

What other highlights has the Times now authenticated? We have plenty:

* 2001 IIS memo directing its agents to test mass grave sites in southern Iraq for radiation, and to use "trusted news agencies" to leak rumors about the lack of credibility of Coalition reporting on the subject. They specify CNN.

* The Blessed July operation, in which Saddam's sons planned a series of assassinations in London, Iran, and southern Iraq

* Saddam's early contacts with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda from 1994-7

* UNMOVIC knew of a renewed effort to make ricin from castor beans in 2002, but never reported it

* The continued development of delivery mechanisms for biological and chemical weapons by the notorious "Dr. Germ" in 2002

Actually, we have much, much more. All of these documents underscore the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and show that his regime continued their work on banned weapons programs.

UPDATE: More at Stop the ACLU and QandO. And Michelle Malkin has a great take on this -- the paper that blew a series of highly classified national-security programs wants to point fingers about the status of these documents? Posted by Captain Ed at 12:14 AM | Comments (14) | TrackBack (7)

NY Times: Iraq Within A Year Of Building Bomb In 2002

November 3rd, 2006

A seemingly inadvertent admission from the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Guide

November 3, 2006
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.

But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb.

Last night, the government shut down the Web site after The New York Times asked about complaints from weapons experts and arms-control officials.

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 had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

Who lied? 2 Comments »

Saddam Was Close to a Nuclear Bomb

Here’s the New York Times’ November surprise: U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Guide.

Apparently, in 1991 Saddam Hussein was about a year away from a nuclear bomb, and possessed detailed plans to build one. The Times wouldn’t be publishing this if they thought it would help the GOP, and the angle here is that the Bush administration was sloppy with intelligence secrets, since some of the plans were made publicly available on the Iraq documents web site.

But it’s a weak last-minute play, that could just as easily be interpreted as a positive story for the Bush administration since it lends credence to fears of Iraqi WMD.

UPDATE at 11/2/06 10:17:02 pm:

Note paragraph 13 (hat tip: LGF readers):

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 had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

Is the New York Times actually conceding that Saddam was just a year away from having a nuclear weapon in 2002?

#310 Buckeye Abroad  11/3/2006 02:15AM PST
 

#248 Isi

Perhaps others have already mentioned this but the above is NOT the same as having the appropriate materials to do so.

Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says

The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.

ANOTHER FORMER HIGH-RANKING IRAQI OFFICIAL CONFIRMS WMD WENT TO SYRIA

Ali Ibrahim al-Tikriti was a southern regional commander for Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen militia in the late 1980s and a personal friend of the dictator. Units under his command dealt with chemical and biological weapons.

A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq WMD located in three Syrian sites

Nizar-Nayouf, a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, [2006], to Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf,” that he knows the three sites where Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are kept.

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John A. Shaw: Russia Moved Saddam's WMD

A top Pentagon official who was responsible for tracking Saddam Hussein's weapons programs before and after the 2003 liberation of Iraq, has provided the first-ever account of how Saddam Hussein "cleaned up" his weapons of mass destruction stockpiles to prevent the United States from discovering them.

For those in still in denial, Saddam's WMD went to Syria...

 
 
Saddam “on the Verge” of Getting a Nuke in 2002 from The American Mind
I don’t want to hear anymore “Bush lied, people died” talk. From today’s NY Times story on nuclear weapons information available on a government website of Iraqi documents we get this: Among the dozens of documents in English we... [Read More]
 
 Big roundup of blogosphere reaction at Stop The ACLU/
" The lefties will change their mind when a nuke goes off somewhere near their neighbourhood."
 
Saddam was a year away from having nukes -- Bush to blame

The defining characteristic of partisan attacks on President Bush has been their unthinking and indiscriminate nature. For example, Bush is to blame for not halting the development of nukes by Iran and North Korea, but he's also to blame for toppling Saddam Hussein due in part to his concern that Saddam was interested in and capable of developing nukes. Critics point to Iran's rise as evidence that Bush misplaced his focus on Iraq but they don't consider how Saddam would have reacted to Iranian nuclear progress.

The New York Times now has carried unthinking Bush-bashing to a point beyond caricature. Today, as Tiger Hawk notes, it quotes with apparent approval "experts" who say that Saddam was as little as a year away from building an atom bomb. The Times does so in order to show that the Bush administration acted recklessly when it published captured Iraqi documents that describe that country's WMD programs, because those documents might be used by another country in furtherance of building WMD.

Did the Times just say that Saddam's Iraq was a year away from building a nuclear weapon? I guess so. Good thing Saddam's no longer in power.

As Tiger Hawk puts it, "the New York Times owes Judith Miller an apology. Or at least a hat tip." Not to mention President Bush.

See Jim Geraghty for more.

Posted by Paul at 08:29 PM | Permalink  

UPDATE: More at Stop the ACLU and QandO. And Michelle Malkin has a great take on this -- the paper that blew a series of highly classified national-security programs wants to point fingers about the status of these documents?

UPDATE II: Bump to top. And The Anchoress has dreamed up a hilarious dialogue at the NYT -- don't miss it.

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Hoekstra Responds to NYT Nuke Article

Here’s Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s reply to the New York Times, via Michelle Malkin. | link: 49 comments  "The New York Times and the IAEA have conspired to swing an American election. The Times didn't even check with the relevant officials."

My October 5th E-Mail to the IAEA Regarding Saddam Re-Constructing His Nuclear Program

Dear God...it makes me shudder to think what might have been if we had waited any longer to invade Iraq...

I supported the war and the reasons for it all along, but I never, ever suspected that Iraq was that close.

I knew for a fact that there were WMD. I had hard evidence of that within a few months of arriving here in '04. But I never knew that it was this bad.

11 posted on 11/03/2006 1:33:42 PM EST by Allegra (Help! I'm "Stuck in Iraq!" I KNEW I Should Have Studied Harder....)
 
 
Determined terrorists with less than $10 million could murder 100,000 Americans within months...article is based on the original, The Bomb in the Backyard, available only to subscribers at Foreign Policy magazine.
 

Please thank William Broad, of The New York Times, for confirming Iraq's nuclear potential

Bill Clinton and CIA Gave Iranians Blueprint for Nuclear Bomb

Iran - CIA 'gave bomb plan to Tehran' (Clinton Legacy - Nuclear weapons)

Republicans Say Base Energized by Kerry Flub-- and, the Nukes...


127 posted on 11/03/2006 12:43:22 PM PST by backhoe (A Nuke for every Kook- what a Clinton "legacy...")
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To: backhoe

Bookmarked for much future reference - thank you!


128 posted on 11/03/2006 12:49:26 PM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: andy58-in-nh

Appreciate your looking- thank you.


129 posted on 11/03/2006 12:52:51 PM PST by backhoe (A Nuke for every Kook- what a Clinton "legacy...")
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To: All

"Where did the WMD’s that weren’t found in Iraq go?"

Links, maps and satellite images

http://www.freedomsenemies.com/_more/bushliedWMD.htm


130 posted on 09/01/2007 7:05:23 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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