Skip to comments.Bush Didnít Lie: But why did his administration sit on the evidence of Saddam Husseinís WMDs?
Posted on 10/17/2014 7:33:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
New media accounts including coverage by NROs Patrick Brennan confirm what I repeatedly have written since the depths of Operation Iraqi Freedom: The late dictator Saddam Hussein did have weapons of mass death, and the United States of America was correct to invade Iraq, find these toxins, and destroy them. Also vital: padlocking this Baathist general store for militant-Islamic terrorism.
As I explained on July 17, 2006:
While the liberal press gently sleeps, evidence continues to mount that Hussein had WMDs, though perhaps not in quantities that would bulge warehouses.
Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent, states a June 21 declassified summary of a report from the National Ground Intelligence Center. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraqs pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.
It turns out that based on open sources I vastly underestimated the size of Husseins stockpiles of deadly devices.
In this storys first outrage, it now transpires that Hussein had some 5,000 tank shells filled with sarin nerve gas, mustard gas, and other lethal agents. This is roughly ten times the arsenal that I reported that he possessed. Had I access to more accurate information back then, my pieces would have reflected the depth of Husseins supplies of these munitions.
These recent news stories overlook another discovery from 2004: The U.S. Department of Energy and the Pentagon removed 1.77 metric tons of low-enriched uranium from Iraq that could potentially be used in a radiological dispersal device or diverted to support a nuclear weapons program, according to a DOE press release. This development was almost totally overlooked by the entire press corps, absent The Weekly Standards Stephen Hayes, author Richard Miniter, and yours truly.
Team Bushs near-silence about Saddam Husseins 3,894 pounds of uranium points to this storys second outrage: the Bush administrations phenomenally flaccid response to its most vociferous detractors on the WMD question.
Then-president George W. Bushs critics used the most bitter and vicious tones to accuse him of deceiving America and the world about weapons of mass death. Bush lied, people died was the Lefts relentlessly repeated anti-Bush indictment. The liberal fever swamps were rife with theories that Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their pals at Halliburton concocted the WMD charges from whole cloth. Why? To justify a U.S. invasion in order to seize Iraqs oil fields. Lifting sanctions and simply letting Iraqs oil flow must have been too much trouble.
The notion that Operation Iraqi Freedom rested upon a giant foundation of even bigger lies severely damaged the reputations of the United States of America, Bush, the conservative movement, and the GOP the latter two of which tended to support the Iraq invasion. (So did then-senators Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and John Kerry, and 108 other congressional Democrats at the time, although most later turned tail and pretended never to have voted to attack Iraq.)
Amid this wholesale meltdown of domestic and international public opinion, the Bush administration inexplicably and unforgivably yielded to the architects in Bushs political operation and sat on this treasure trove of exculpatory evidence. In fact, Bush did not lie about WMDs. They really existed and in enormous amounts. Moreover, they were sitting in the Iraqi desert, making U.S. GIs physically ill. (In yet another outrage, 17 soldiers reportedly were denied the medical attention or subsequent commendations that they deserved for handling these poisons. They also allegedly were told to clam up about what they saw.)
It is outrageous that the Pentagon and, apparently, Bushs political team concealed proof that Americas chief casus belli actually existed. Instead, the howling hyenas of the Left were allowed to gnaw away at Bushs political corpse.
Why did anyone involved in this disaster think that this would be good for America domestically or globally? How thick were the skulls of Bushs political advisers not to see the importance of presenting this information amid deafening shouts that the president and those of us who supported Operation Iraqi Freedom were a pack of filthy liars?
Anyone who aided and abetted this extremely destructive cover-up should be removed immediately and barred permanently from government agencies, political campaigns, and party organizations.
The third and most frightful outrage here is that some 2,500 of these canisters of nerve gas and mustard gas remained in Iraq. Rather than implement a policy of No WMD Left Behind, roughly half of Saddam Husseins WMDs were cast adrift in Iraq.
And now they are in the humane and prudent hands of the Islamic State.
Experts now say that these deadly weapons have degraded and pose no threat to anyone.
Would you bet your life on this?
At any time, the Islamic State can use these weapons against American and allied targets in the Middle East or anywhere else. If they detonate them and they work, hundreds or thousands could be killed.
Then again, they or their comrades in the Jihadist International could strap these artillery shells to sticks of dynamite and threaten to explode them. While the sarin and mustard gas might be inert, which mayor, governor, prime minister, or president could bank on that? Such uncertainty would give the Islamic State tremendous leverage: Obey our demands, or those sticks of dynamite will become a cloud of nerve gas.
Bush did not lie, we now learn.
However, in some twisted act of self-mutilation, his government severely wounded itself and America by hiding the abundant evidence that would have silenced Bushs and the USAs loudest and harshest opponents and enemies. Even worse, these imaginary weapons that proved to be all too real were abandoned in the sands for the Islamic State to adopt as their own.
And, before he prematurely withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq, Obama did nothing to fix any of this.
From the Euphrates to the Potomac, this is nothing short of governmental malpractice.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.
Because of the FAT,DISGUSTING, PIG, BASTARD ROVE!
The MSM at the time derided the finds a ‘old’ WMDs, as if they were no longer effective..........
To what advantage?
Was it because HW was involved somehow?
But why did his administration sit on the evidence of Saddam Husseins WMDs?
Just playing Devil’s Advocate: Is there a possibility that releasing the information would compromise other intel operations?
I'm not sure Bush "sat on" evidence of WMDs. I recall hearing about stockpiles being found, but the imbecile "Talking Heads" kept on as if they had not, and the story quickly died. Bush didn't play it up and say "I told you so".
Where are the ones they found and why didn’t we destroy them???
This is inexplicable. The nation has gone from prospering to a euro-socialist hellhole PRECISELY because of this decision. How is God’s name did the Bush administration sit on this information offering justification for their war decisions, and at the same time send more troops into Iraq with public opinion firmly against the war. This is the biggest news bombshell in my memory, as this decision literally paved the way for the rise of the far left, the election of a Democrat super majority and the election of Obama...and every aspect of massive government power grab since.
On December 16, 1998, on the eve of the scheduled House vote on his impeachment, Bill Clinton launched a surprise bombing attack on Baghdad. As justification for this exploit, he cited the urgent threat that Saddams weapons of mass destruction posed to America, and the need for immediate action. Almost immediately, the House Democrats held a caucus and emerged calling for a delay in the impeachment proceedings. House minority leader Dick Gephardt made a statement: "We obviously should pass a resolution by saying that we stand behind the troops. I would hope that we do not take up impeachment until the hostilities have completely ended."
Conveniently, a delay so near the end of the House term would have caused the vote to be taken up in the next session when the newly elected House membership would be seated with more Democratic representation, thereby improving Clintons chances of dodging impeachment.
The Republicans did, in fact, agree to delay the hearings, but only for a day or two. Amazingly, Clinton ended the bombing raid after only 70 hours -- once it became clear that in spite of the brief delay, the vote would still be held in the current session.
Once the bombing stopped, Clinton touted the effectiveness and importance of the mission. As reported by ABC News : We have inflicted significant damage on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs, on the command structures that direct and protect that capability, and on his military and security infrastructure, he said. Defense secretary William Cohen echoed the point: We estimate that Saddam's missile program has been set back by at least a year.
“Turd Blossom” stopped it. Turd Blossom is code name for Rove!
Because the only ones who would have been impressed with that are/were GOP Busshies.
In 2002 and 2003 Bush Cheney, Rummy, Condi were making the case that the Iraq invasion was about nukes not WWI era poison gas technology.
‘”We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, on Iraq's nuclear capabilities and the Bush administration's case for war, Sept. 8, 2002’
As Obama said, 'If you like your doctor...', now mDems claim the Obamacare insured # is all that counts not your lost doctor.
“1980 George H. W. Bush presidential campaign
In 1977, Rove was the first person hired by George H. W. Bush for his unsuccessful 1980 presidential campaign, which ended with Bush as the vice-presidential nominee.”
FATASS Karl and ALL of the Bushes go WAY BACK!
I think it was always known it was there, however the libtards and talking dickheads in the enemedia basically said that what was found did not meet their definition of “weapons of mass destruction”. In other words, libtards didn’t believe it because it politically hurt Republicans, therefore it was true.
Yeah, but is this implying that HW was somehow complicit in Saddam Hussein having the chemical weapons?
Seems simple enough. It advanced his Saudi buddies’ agendas, made them lots of money and ultimately wiped out a large chunk of conservatism. Which is always a RINO goal. Especially when they can use our own patriotism against us.
When the Saudis were flown out during the air travel lockdown, that’s the point we should have realized we had been sold out.
No I do not think Bush or any of our people did it/the truther thing. But I think they like the dems, refused to let a good crisis go to waste.
I believed in him. I was wrong to.
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