Yes, Virginia, There Were WMDs In Iraq!

A strange beast has reared its mythical head from the grave. Yes, it is the ghost of WMDs in Iraq — the one Bush haters and anti-war activists claim never really existed. They have denied various government reports stating that Iraq had all the equipment ready to launch their program at a moments notice. They ignore the fact that Saddam’s inner circle was comprised of many scientists specializing in various WMDs. They have denied that any of these weapons could have been spirited out of the country prior to our march to Baghdad. They insist these weapons were a big lie and a figment of the Bush administration’s imagination. And, the MSM provided cover for their assault. Well, it seems the cover has been blown.

Associated Press (AP) published a story today that has been given very little exposure by the MSM. According to their report, the UN currently has concerns about missing weapons equipment. The AP reporter is very careful not to use the key word “WMDs.” Upon reading the story, however, it becomes crystal clear the UN means exactly that: Weapons of Mass Destruction. The article carefully avoids the key phrase or acronym, but indicates the missing equipment could be used/likely used to make chemical and biological weapons — hence the concern by the UN.

U.N. satellite imagery experts have determined that material that could be used to make biological or chemical weapons and banned long-range missiles has been removed from 109 sites in Iraq, U.N. weapons inspectors said in a report obtained Thursday. — By Edith M. Lederer, AP via LA Times

Now, I find it more than interesting that the AP specifically avoids the WMD term. It belies their true agenda and their attempt to tell an important news story without telling the whole truth. Most professionals would call that “yellow journalism.” It appears they want to pin the missing “weapons material” on the Bush administration, saying that our military and the administration were not watching this equipment carefully enough. They would like to pin these disappearances on Bush while still denying these weapons existed — a kind of having your cake and eating too.

A third of the chemical items removed came from the Qaa Qaa industrial complex south of Baghdad which the report said “was among the sites possessing the highest number of dual-use production equipment,” whose fate is now unknown.” Significant quantities of missing material were also located at the Fallujah II and Fallujah III facilities north of the city, which was besieged last year.

Before the first Gulf War in 1991, those facilities played a major part in the production of precursors for Iraq’s chemical warfare program. . — By Edith M. Lederer, AP via LA Times

The truth is our troops could have removed the weapons and weapons material in question. UN officials state they do not know where this equipment went and are solely relying on satellite photos for their information. The UN and the MSM would like to set the Bush administration up for another fall. The problem is that they will have a hard time selling a charge of incompetence over an issue they have heretofore emphatically insisted didn’t really exist. Sorry boys and girls. You can’t have it both ways.

For example, 289 of the 340 pieces of equipment to produce missiles — about 85 percent — had been removed, it said.

At the Kadhimiyah and Al Samoud factory sites in suburban Baghdad, where the report said airframes and engines for liquid propellant missiles were manufactured and final assembly was carried out, “all equipment and missile components have been removed.” — By Edith M. Lederer, AP via LA Times

In a related story from a Chinese news outlet, “a top Russian diplomat” insists that the UN weapons inspectors should return to Iraq and finish their jobs. (Writer’s note: It’s a sad day in the “free world” when China’s news reporting discloses information more honestly than the international MSM. The Chinese are not afraid to call a WMD a WMD.)

A top Russian diplomat said Saturday Moscow believes the issue of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has not been resolved and the United Nations is duty-bound to close the issue.

UN inspectors said in spring 2003 that Iraq did not have ready-to-use weapons of mass destruction but questions remain regarding Iraq’s industrial capacities, laboratories and materials that were earlier controlled by the United Nations, Deputy Foreign Minister Yury Fedotov was quoted by Interfax as saying. . . .

The Russian diplomat also said it is necessary to clarify the fate of rockets discovered in Iraq before the war whose range slightly exceeded limits set by the UN Security Council. —People’s Daily Online

Anti-USA groups, anti-war activists and the MSM created a conundrum for themselves. They can’t blame the Bush administration for losing sight of these WMD precursors unless they admit that WMDs were a real possibility in Iraq. It will be interesting to see how this story plays out.

Big Dog has written two very interesting and informative posts on WMDs. You can read them here and here.



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4 Responses to “Yes, Virginia, There Were WMDs In Iraq!”

  1. Big Dog says:

    Well, well, well. It appears that there is a bit of a dilemma here. You can’t blame Bush for losing the WMD without admitting he was right about them all along. That would blow a hole in the John Kerry impeachment stance for reelection 2008 campaign.

    Wow, the MSM and all the libs are jumping on a memo from the UK that does not contain one quote from Bush or Blair but are silent about photos showing that stuff is missing. It will be real interesting to see how they spin this one.

  2. Adam says:

    Oh, that’s all the chemical agents, rocket technology, etc. Just more of that dual use stuff. You know, like the things we sold Iraq. The stuff you said was okay to sell because it was more than one use. Why the concern now?

  3. Big Dog says:

    Fact is he was using the stuff in violation of the law just like the administration said. In addition, the UN was suppose to be over seeing this stuff. How did it get away from them?

  4. Surfside says:

    Adam:
    The UN was concerned about this “weapons material” before the war. They believed it was WMD material. Apparently, they are still concerned with it — since it’s WMD material. Don’t try to obfuscate the issue by resurrecting a past mistake. Just admit you were wrong.