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WMD? Yes and No
Thursday, June 22, 2006
As it turns out, we actually did find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – chemical weapons. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania yesterday disclosed a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, that confirmed the recovery of “approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.” The report said more such weapons are “assessed to still exist.” This being true, “Why,” I asked myself, “did the White House not produce this information long ago to blunt the barrage of claims that it ‘lied’ about WMD in order to justify the war with Iraq.” There is only one possible answer. Not, two, three or more. The only possible answer is that the White House was not sufficiently impressed with the find to consider it a convincing rebuttal. Why? Well, I suppose it’s because the weapons are old enough (pre 1991), so they are not an indication of an ongoing WMD program at the time we went to war. So what. It still proves Iraq had WMD? Yes, but it doesn’t prove that Iraq had an “active” WMD program that would present either an imminent or a “growing” threat, which is the word I believe the President used. Why does it take an active program to present a threat? It doesn’t. It takes an active program to present a “growing” threat. Yes, but the declassified report says the weapons could be sold on the black market, that their use outside Iraq could not be ruled out, and that “while agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.” I thought the central argument concerning WMD was that Iraq had weapons that they could sell to terrorists to use against the U.S. Doesn’t this support that claim? Well, yes, I suppose it does. So, why would the White House not release that report without someone having to drag it out of them? I’m sorry. I don’t know the answer to that. Ralph Bristol
posted by Jack Mercer @ 6/22/2006 11:00:00 AM  
  • At 6/26/2006 06:39:00 AM, Blogger Henwhisperer said…

    Jack! Glad you emailed. I emailed you back, but just like normal, it flew around and then was undeliverable.

    Anyway, I am surprised to see that you have not mentioned National Animal Identification System (NAIS) here. This is the worst of programs and will kill an entire segment of our economy. Farmers will be driven out of business by USDA, Inc. Ownership of private property is being put to the test. Who owns my hens? Me or the gov't? If I house them, feed them, pay for them, but don't own them, does that make me a serf?

    Mark of the Beast is knocking at the barn door. How much time until they want to put RFID chips in our kids and us? -> check it out. Scary and real.


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