Saturday, May 19, 2007

Saddam's WMD

I am very busy at work and have to work on weekends, so I haven't posted for a while.  However, I have a little bit of time now, so this is my attempt to catch up.  My first post today is about a fairly old article by Melanie Philips about Saddam's WMD:

It’s a fair bet that you have never heard of a guy called Dave Gaubatz. It’s also a fair bet that you think the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found absolutely nothing, nada, zilch; and that therefore there never were any WMD programmes in Saddam’s Iraq to justify the war ostensibly waged to protect the world from Saddam’s use of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

Dave Gaubatz, however, says you could not be more wrong. Saddam's WMD did exist. He should know because he found the sites where he is certain they were stored. And the reason you don't know about this is that the American administration failed to act on his information, ‘lost’ his classified reports and is now doing everything it can to prevent disclosure of the terrible fact that, through its own incompetence, it allowed Saddam's WMD to end up in the hands of the very terrorist states against whom it is so controversially at war.

Read the whole thing.  The evidence that Saddam did have both WMD and research program to create more WMD are overwhelming.  Yet, the Bush Administration seems to be quite willing to self-flagellate about being mistaken about their existence.  Why?  The other day Rush Limbaugh echoed my thoughts on this subject.  He suggested that it might be easier for many people in the administration to admit to a lesser screw-up of being too paranoid about the WMD that weren't really there, rather to admit to much bigger screw-up failing to find the existing WMD, which now obviously got into the wrong hands.  Yes, Syria would be those wrong hands.

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