Investors Business Daily ran a very interesting article on February 24th, 2006, but I’m sure you’ve heard all about it on the nightly news for days now, right? Oh, who am I kidding? The liberal news shows have no desire to air any information that would show that President Bush was right to stop Saddam Hussein and his WMDs. This article, and the underlying information it brings us, is news, but not anything you’d expect to hear in the mainstream press anytime soon.
So, on with the article.
Yes, the linchpin of opposition to the Iraq War — never really strong to begin with — has taken some real hits in recent weeks. And Bush lied — the anti-war mantra about the president, Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction — looks the most battered.
Inconveniently for critics of the war, Saddam made tapes in his version of the Oval Office. These tapes landed in the hands of American intelligence and were recently aired publicly.
The first 12 hours of the tapes — there are hundreds more waiting to be translated — are damning, to say the least. They show conclusively that Bush didn’t lie when he cited Saddam’s WMD plans as one of the big reasons for taking the dictator out.
Unless you believe that Saddam and others spent hours faking up tapes just to vindicate President Bush, this is a major news story. And these tapes show that Saddam was active in procuring and using WMDs after Operation Desert Storm kicked him out of Kuwait in 1991. Here is a comment by Saddam’s son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, talking about how Iraq fooled the U.N. inspectors:
We did not reveal all that we have, he says. Not the type of weapons, not the volume of the materials we imported, not the volume of the production we told them about, not the volume of use. None of this was correct.
Boy, sure sounds like the International Atomic Energy Agency and Mohamed ElBaradei were effective in stopping Iraq. But nothing will make liberals stand up and clap like a failure, and so both the IAEA and ElBaradei were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. See also President Carter getting the Nobel Peace Prize for drafting the Agreed Framework with North Korea (among other acts) only to have North Korea announce five days later that it never lived by the Agreed Framework.
But I guess it’s the intent that counts with liberals.
OK, so I’m getting off the topic at hand. Two parts of Hussein Kamel’s comment really jumped out at me. The first was not the volume of the materials we imported. Imported? Imported from where? The article doesn’t say, but based solely on the three nations who were most vocal against taking down Saddam, I would hazard a guess at France, Germany, and Russia. The second phrase that jumped out at me and chilled me to the bone was not the volume of use. We know Iraq used WMDs on the Iraqi city of Halabja and against Iran, but what else don’t we know? What exactly was the volume of chemical and biological weapons used by Iraq?
And don’t think that Saddam didn’t have his finger in nuclear plans. I wrote back in May 2004 about 408 Iraqi scientists working on a nuclear bomb in Libya. More from the IBD article:
Indeed, as late as 2000, Saddam can be heard in his office talking with Iraqi scientists about his ongoing plans to build a nuclear device. At one point, he discusses Iraq’s plasma uranium program — something that was missed entirely by U.N. weapons inspectors combing Iraq for WMD.
The more I find out about what Iraq, North Korea and Libya have done to hide their WMD works, the more I see the IAEA as the U.N. equivalent of the Keystone Cops. If you gave them a map, Sherpas, and the use of both hands, I doubt the IAEA inspectors could find their own butts.
So if Saddam had WMDs, where are they now? It’s a fair question. Multiple people have come forward to say that Saddam moved them out of Iraq.
The short answer to the question of where the WMD Saddam bought from the Russians went was that they went to Syria and Lebanon, said John Shaw, former deputy undersecretary of defense, in comments made at an intelligence summit Feb. 17-20 in Arlington, Va.
They were moved by Russian Spetsnaz (special ops) units out of uniform that were specifically sent to Iraq to move the weaponry and eradicate any evidence of its existence, he said.
Thanks to the very long ramp-up it took to get the U.S. Legislature and the U.N. behind taking Saddam down, Saddam had plenty of time to move any incriminating evidence out of the country. If I had many months to hide metric tons of materials in a area the size of California, or I could smuggle some of it into neighboring Nevada, how easy do you think it would be to find my stashes without assistance? But this news will not convince the liberals who chant Bush lied — People died at candlelight vigils that Iraq was indeed a threat and certainly did have WMD plans and programs. At this point, I don’t think videos of Saddam digging up WMDs in Iraq with his own two hands would convince the Left.
Read the whole article. And if you are still interested, here are some previous articles I’ve written about WMDs.