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Have War Critics Even Read the Duelfer Report? The Saddam regime was an imminent threat
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2004 | RICHARD SPERTZEL

Posted on 10/14/2004 5:37:49 AM PDT by OESY

After the release of the Iraq Survey Group's Duelfer report, the headlines blazed "No WMD Found." ...This reflects the notion that Iraq was only a threat if it had military munitions filled with WMD. The claim "Iraq was not an imminent threat" was also expounded by pundits that seemingly crawled out of the woodwork as well as those opposed to President Bush. But have these individuals read carefully the report...?

While no facilities were found producing chemical or biological agents on a large scale, many clandestine laboratories operating under the Iraqi Intelligence Services were found to be engaged in small-scale production of chemical nerve agents, sulfur mustard, nitrogen mustard, ricin, aflatoxin, and other unspecified biological agents. These laboratories were also evaluating whether various poisons would change the texture, smell or appearance of foodstuffs. These aspects of the ISG report have been ignored by the pundits and press....

The chemical section reports that the M16 Directorate "had a plan to produce and weaponize nitrogen mustard in rifle grenades and a plan to bottle sarin and sulfur mustard.... The major threat posed by Iraq, in my opinion, was the support it gave to terrorists in general, and its own terrorist activity....

As for the U.N. inspection system preventing such R&D, why did Iraq not declare these clandestine laboratories to Unscom and Unmovic and why did these inspection agencies not discover these laboratories? Might it have been that there were multiple informants working inside Unscom and Unmovic that kept the Iraqi Intelligence Service informed as to what sites were to be inspected? ...In late 2002 and early 2003, equipment and materials were removed from several sites 24 hours before U.N. inspections....

Furthermore, sanctions were rapidly eroding.... Inspections can not be effective without the full support of the U.N. Security Council....

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2002; 2003; aflatoxin; ammo; biological; bush; chemical; dhimmi; duelfer; duelferreport; food; foodpoisoning; foodsupply; imminentthreat; inspectors; intelligence; iraq; iraqiwmd; isg; kerry; laboratories; lebanonegypt; m16directorate; mustard; nitrogenmustard; palestinian; poison; poisonplots; ricin; saddam; saudiarabia; securitycouncil; sudan; sulfurmustard; un; unmovic; unscom; wmd; wmds; yemen
Mr. Spertzel, head of the biological-weapons section of Unscom from 1994-99, just returned from Iraq, where he has been a member of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG).
1 posted on 10/14/2004 5:37:50 AM PDT by OESY
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To: OESY
....and then there's that pesky missing nuclear material....which, was of course, never there in the first place,right?

(Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.)

2 posted on 10/14/2004 5:40:15 AM PDT by Angry Enough
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To: OESY

Antiwar crowd only reads headlines,(ADD). So all they saw was "No WMDs". It is the media trick to fool the stupid! And it works.


3 posted on 10/14/2004 5:42:53 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Ignorance and bigotry are two of the floor joists in the democratic platform.)
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To: OESY

Sadly liberal America is lost it refuses to digest information and come to its own conclusions. It relies on spoon feeding from those that it holds in high regard. I think Bill Clinton should be called to account based on the 9/11 comission findings. I think smart America realizes now that all talk and no action gets you 9/11


4 posted on 10/14/2004 5:43:20 AM PDT by tomnbeverly (If John Kerry wins I guess I'll see ya in the Bread Lines)
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To: Howlin; Luis Gonzalez; backhoe; Peach

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5 posted on 10/14/2004 5:48:35 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: tomnbeverly

Exactly. The more their ideas fail, the less thinking they want to do. Kerry RELIES on this, and feeds them sophistry.


6 posted on 10/14/2004 5:48:39 AM PDT by Edgerunner (The left ain't right. Hand me that launch pickle...)
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To: OESY

Bump for later.


7 posted on 10/14/2004 6:01:05 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: OESY

intresting read


8 posted on 10/14/2004 6:13:58 AM PDT by blackeagle
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To: OESY
The oil for food scam is HUGE and there is NOTHING in the MSM about it.

If the MSM in this country did their job, the US would be jumpin' out of the UN quicker than a kitty on a hot tin roof!

9 posted on 10/14/2004 6:14:26 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Words Mean Things...)
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To: OESY

Would it have been too much to ask the President to AT LEAST MENTION THIS ONCE DURING THE DEBATES??????

This is a slightly important fact for the American people to know, no? Shouldn't this be the centerpiece of the Bush stump piece? Shouldn't Cheney, Rice, Rumsfield, Powell, Laura, Jenny and Barbara be on every news show right now proclaiming this from the rooftops?

Come on, White House, if you don't stand up for yourself the media certainly won't do it for you!


10 posted on 10/14/2004 6:21:50 AM PDT by jimbokun
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To: OESY

This needs to be spread around the country ASAP.

The media is hiding the truth for political purposes and I'm more concerned with our troops getting a much needed morale boost.

If they heard that the people back home were finally being told the truth it would be great.


11 posted on 10/14/2004 6:26:00 AM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: Angry Enough
....and then there's that pesky missing nuclear material....which, was of course, never there in the first place,right?

Not to worry! John sKerry has a "plan" to round up all the stray nuclear material worldwide in just 4 short years! Nevermind that the folks who made the stuff don't even know where all of it is. Along with traitor, we need to add magician to his long list of "talents"......

12 posted on 10/14/2004 6:44:49 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: OESY

Bump


13 posted on 10/14/2004 6:48:26 AM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted."-John Kerry on our allies)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

I've been trying to get this story out and no one believes it.

We need to get this story out.

It looks like you have some kind of ping list going.


14 posted on 10/14/2004 1:54:49 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: Billie

fyi


15 posted on 10/14/2004 2:06:55 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: OESY; RedBloodedAmerican; nuffsenuff; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; ...
Thanks for this post, OESY. Thanks for the ping, RBA. The MSM will always (and ONLY)highlight the part that's the most 'damning' for Bush - no surprise there. :(

PING!

16 posted on 10/14/2004 2:32:12 PM PDT by Billie (On November 2nd, there is only one clear choice. "W" is for winner!)
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To: Billie

Let's spread the word about this story!


17 posted on 10/14/2004 3:57:39 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: Billie

Here's the link to the key findings of the Duelfer Report.

http://www.cia.gov/cia/reports/iraq_wmd_2004/Comp_Report_Key_Findings.pdf

In case anyone needed it.


18 posted on 10/14/2004 4:06:30 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: Billie

Great info, Billie. Thanks alot.


19 posted on 10/14/2004 7:46:22 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul (Kerry's total disregard for the troops' safety is of no consequence to him - Vietnam, and now Iraq)
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