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  • Who thought Iraq had WMD? Most everybody

    05/25/2006 8:40:53 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 55 replies · 1,067+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 25, 2006 | Larry Elder
    As Memorial Day approaches, 51 percent of Americans, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, think the commander in chief "deliberately misled" us about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. "Deliberately misled"? Once again, let's go to the videotape: Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, February 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." Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, February 1998: "He...
  • Joe Wilson: Clueless Liar--The Baghdad Bob of the American Left.

    04/19/2006 5:07:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 1,239+ views
    Slate | Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 19, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens
    Nobody appears to dispute what I wrote in last week's Slate to the effect that in February 1999, Saddam Hussein dispatched his former envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and former delegate to non-proliferation conferences at the United Nations, to Niger. Wissam al-Zahawie was, at the time of his visit, the accredited ambassador of Iraq to the Vatican: a more senior post than it may sound, given that the Vatican was almost the only full European embassy that Iraq then possessed. And nobody has proposed an answer to my question: Given the fact that Niger is synonymous with uranium...
  • Iraq, Niger And Uranium: Bush's `16 Words' Based On Credible Evidence

    04/18/2006 6:03:55 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 10 replies · 509+ views
    Much of the media has characterized the Iraq-uranium story as false or discredited, even though the Senate Intelligence Committee and a British investigation concluded that the 16 words may well have had a sound basis. Last week there was another fuss about the famous 16 words in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." A running battle over that passage has taken place in Washington since the invasion of Iraq and the failure to find Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. Much of the...
  • Clueless Joe Wilson

    04/17/2006 1:30:56 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 65 replies · 2,314+ views
    Slate ^ | 17 Apr 06 | Christopher Hitchens
    Nobody appears to dispute what I wrote in last week's Slate to the effect that in February 1999, Saddam Hussein dispatched his former envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and former delegate to non-proliferation conferences at the United Nations, to Niger. Wissam al-Zahawie was, at the time of his visit, the accredited ambassador of Iraq to the Vatican: a more senior post than it may sound, given that the Vatican was almost the only full European embassy that Iraq then possessed. And nobody has proposed an answer to my question: Given the fact that Niger is synonymous with uranium...
  • Bush had good reason to believe there were WMD in Iraq

    04/12/2006 12:01:03 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 105 replies · 3,090+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/12/06 | John Hughes
    Among the allegations leveled at President Bush by his critics, probably the most serious is that he took the United States to war in Iraq on false pretenses. He told the American people that Saddam Hussein had a collection of dangerous weapons of mass destruction when Mr. Hussein did not. In retrospect it is clear that the weapons did not exist, although they had in the past, and Hussein had used them against his enemies. But what is also clear from captured documents now coming to light is that Mr. Bush had every reason to believe they still existed at...
  • Smearing Joe Wilson's critics

    04/12/2006 9:05:43 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies · 2,844+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-12-06 | Editorial
    The Washington Times Smearing Joe Wilson's critics Published April 12, 2006 Some old canards just never die. New information from special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation about whether former CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity was leaked by the White House as part of a campaign to "discredit" her husband has spurred new efforts to depict him as an innocent victim targeted by a Bush administration smear campaign for telling the truth.     Joseph Wilson, a retired Foreign Service officer, was dispatched to Iraq in February 2002 by the CIA, at his wife's suggestion, to investigate whether Saddam Hussein had tried to purchase...
  • The Public's Right To Know [Liar: Joe Wilson]

    04/11/2006 10:42:12 AM PDT · by Quilla · 25 replies · 1,126+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 10, 2006 | None cited
    Lost in the brouhaha over President Bush's "leak" of "classified" information is the real reason for the outrage: The "leak" proved that Joe Wilson was a liar. Among the things that bothered us in this affair is that it's deemed first-rate, Pulitzer-worthy journalism when a major newspaper prints classified information that our enemies find useful, but when the commander-in-chief authorizes the release of declassified material to defend his administration's position it is treated as a betrayal of the public trust, if not an impeachable offense. When the New York Times last December revealed that the National Security Agency listened in...
  • The Sixteen Words Were True

    04/11/2006 9:41:09 AM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 15 replies · 1,187+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | April 11, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens
    The Sixteen Words Were True By Christopher Hitchens Slate | April 11, 2006 In the late 1980s, the Iraqi representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency—Iraq's senior public envoy for nuclear matters, in effect—was a man named Wissam al-Zahawie. After the Kuwait war in 1991, when Rolf Ekeus arrived in Baghdad to begin the inspection and disarmament work of UNSCOM, he was greeted by Zahawie, who told him in a bitter manner that "now that you have come to take away our assets," the two men could no longer be friends. (They had known each other in earlier incarnations at...
  • Wowie Zahawie(Sorry everyone, but Iraq did go uranium shopping in Niger.)

    04/10/2006 4:37:42 PM PDT · by kellynla · 54 replies · 1,521+ views
    Slate ^ | April 10, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens
    In the late 1980s, the Iraqi representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency—Iraq's senior public envoy for nuclear matters, in effect—was a man named Wissam al-Zahawie. After the Kuwait war in 1991, when Rolf Ekeus arrived in Baghdad to begin the inspection and disarmament work of UNSCOM, he was greeted by Zahawie, who told him in a bitter manner that "now that you have come to take away our assets," the two men could no longer be friends. (They had known each other in earlier incarnations at the United Nations in New York.) At a later 1995 U.N. special session...
  • A Good Leak (WaPo editorial!)

    04/09/2006 9:39:49 AM PDT · by knuthom · 27 replies · 1,325+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/9/06 | Editorial staff
    PRESIDENT BUSH was right to approve the declassification of parts of a National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq three years ago in order to make clear why he had believed that Saddam Hussein was seeking nuclear weapons. Presidents are authorized to declassify sensitive material, and the public benefits when they do. But the administration handled the release clumsily, exposing Mr. Bush to the hyperbolic charges of misconduct and hypocrisy that Democrats are leveling.
  • Wash Post: Nothing Wrong with Bush 'Leak'

    04/09/2006 11:11:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,402+ views
    NewsMax ^ | April 9, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    The Washington Post has broken ranks with the rest of the press over the media fiction that President Bush's recently revealed decision to authorize Lewis "Scooter" Libby to leak prewar Iraq intelligence somehow constitutes a new scandal. In a stunning editorial headlined "The Good Leak," the Post said Sunday: "There was nothing illegal or even particularly unusual about [Bush's decision]; nor is this presidentially authorized leak necessarily comparable to other, unauthorized disclosures that the president believes, rightly or wrongly, compromise national security." Instead, the paper says that, if anyone has behaved unethically in the entire Leakgate fiasco, its Bush's accuser,...
  • 1997 Document: Orders To Remove All Information Related To WMD From Computers (Translation)

    04/09/2006 10:19:52 AM PDT · by jveritas · 166 replies · 9,414+ views
    Pages 99 to129 of document CMPC-2003-00013038 dated in March 1997, many years after Saddam was supposed to fully comply with the UN resolutions to disarm his WMD and reveal everything to the UN inspectors, include many correspondences from the Iraqi intelligence service asking their employees not to store any information related to WMD and remove any information they have regarding WMD from their computers and records. This is yet another document that shows how Saddam Regime was doing all their efforts to hide their WMD programs or any information relate to it from the UN inspectors, a clear sign that...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: When Cynicism Meets Fanaticism. Critiquing the critique of the war in Iraq

    03/31/2006 4:56:27 AM PST · by Tolik · 28 replies · 986+ views
    NRO ^ | March 31, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Opponents of the war in Iraq, both original critics and the mea culpa recent converts, have made eight assumptions. The first six are wrong, the last two still unsettled.</p> <p>1. Saddam was never connected to al Qaeda, the perpetrators of 9/11.</p>
  • Saddam Regime Document Dated 2001 Shows Chemical Platoon Still Exists And Active (Translation)

    03/25/2006 11:28:53 AM PST · by jveritas · 138 replies · 7,737+ views
    Document CMPC-2004-000404 dated 2001 indicates that Saddam Regime still has an Active Chemical Platoon in Al Qadisia Air base. In fact the first page of the document lists the results “open tournament” i.e. “open training tournament” for the members of the Chemical Platoon. Page 8 and Page 9 show tables that list the status of “Specialized Vehicles” used by the Chemical Platoon. On the top of Page 9 the year 2001 is shown and this prooves that this document was written in 2001. Also page 8 and page 9 show the name and signature of the same guy who is...
  • What the captured documents show (Mona Charen on the Saddam documents)

    03/24/2006 10:03:18 AM PST · by blitzgig · 23 replies · 2,284+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/24/06 | Mona Charen
    President Bush has made errors, as all humans do, but one thing he has not been guilty of is bad faith. The same cannot be said of his critics. One thinks of those liberals and Democrats who accused President Bush of "lying" about weapons of mass destruction and about ties between al Qaeda and Iraq particularly now, because last week, after an unaccountable delay of three years, the administration declassified and released thousands of documents captured from Saddam's regime. They offer more proof of what we've already learned from other sources: that Hussein was in collusion with al Qaeda; that...
  • The Joe Wilson Op-Ed

    03/22/2006 3:46:52 PM PST · by Guy in Bumblebee Suit · 47 replies · 1,087+ views
    Hi, longtime lurker and firsttime poster. To the point: I'm looking for the editorial or op-ed that Joe Wilson wrote in, I think, the LA Times not long after the 2003 State of the Union address where he supports the administration. If my memory serves me, Wilson was in support of the administration until he was hired by the Kerry campaign (April, 2004, maybe?). For some reason, the whole Wilson-Plame crap is an ongoing argument in my family, and I'm trying to get my facts in line. If anyone can help me, I'd be grateful. To diverse on a brief,...
  • Lies of Joe Wilson: Original Freeper Research

    08/04/2005 11:45:05 PM PDT · by Enchante · 10 replies · 930+ views
    In The National Interest ^ | December 11, 2002 | [quotations from Joe Wilson]
    War on Iraq: Comments from the Symposium Fritz W. Ermarth, Joseph C. Wilson, L. Paul Bremer, Zeyno Baran, Larry C. Johnson and James R. Schlesinger http://www.inthenationalinterest.com/Articles/Vol1Issue14/Vol1Issue4Symposium.html [note: emphasis added in bold portions of text] Joseph C. Wilson: What might Saddam do, in the event of war? On August 6, 1990, I met with Tariq Aziz, who told me that Iraq reserved the right to use any weapon in its arsenal if attacked. When I met with Saddam Hussein, he was vaguer, but said he was prepared to use everything if invaded. Two things to keep in mind. First, Saddam is...
  • No Evidence?

    03/20/2006 11:45:19 AM PST · by Richard Axtell · 100 replies · 2,362+ views
    Personal Opinion | 3/20/06 | Richard Axtell
    Over the weekend I had a "conversation" with a liberal Democrat friend of mine. He is a friend, and is an intelligent and really nice guy. That conversation evolved into a debate about Bush, and of course "the fact that there were no WMDs". I pointed out that what the Democrat and leftist pundits and political leaders have really said, and said in monolithic lockstep, is that there "is no evidence that Saddam had WMD's or that Saddam had any connection to Al Qaida." It can be worded or phrased in varying ways, but that is essentially it, "no evidence"....
  • Pat Boone: Surprise, surprise! Saddam had WMDs after all

    03/11/2006 12:24:01 PM PST · by wagglebee · 66 replies · 2,530+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3/11/06 | Pat Boone
    I don't know if I have any readers devoted enough to remember what I wrote in my column here on Jan. 7, so I'm not above telling you myself: I predicted we'd be learning that Saddam Hussein's WMDs were "slipped across the border into Syria." Now, it's just a few weeks later, and we have in fact learned that was the case. I'm neither prophet nor genius on this stuff, and if I was catching on long before the first days of January, so were other people. Now we have enough increased evidence and detail to declare mystery solved....
  • Saddam And WMD: Russia's Role

    03/07/2006 8:22:45 AM PST · by Isara · 50 replies · 1,473+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/7/2006 | Editor
    ..frenzy over the Katrina tapes stands in stark contrast to..disinterest of Democrats and the media in the Saddam tapes showing Iraq had WMD and Bush didn't lie....just before Operation Iraqi Freedom both Israeli intelligence and U.S. satellite surveillance detected large amounts of military material moving from Iraq to Syria....not a panicked move...it was a well-planned operation conducted with the assistance of Russia, to which Iraq was $8 billion in debt, much of it for weapons. Russia was worried about what coalition forces might find.According to John Shaw, former deputy undersecretary for international technology security, the WMD were moved out of...