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June 22, 2006

WMD?

But will the mere discovery of WMDs be sufficient to get opponents of the war to admit that there were WMDs in Iraq?

The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered, two Republican lawmakers said Wednesday.

"We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."

He added that the report warns about the hazards that the chemical weapons could still pose to coalition troops in Iraq.

"The purity of the agents inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal," Santorum read from the document.

"This says weapons have been discovered, more weapons exist and they state that Iraq was not a WMD-free zone, that there are continuing threats from the materials that are or may still be in Iraq," said Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

The weapons are thought to be manufactured before 1991 so they would not be proof of an ongoing WMD program in the 1990s. But they do show that Saddam Hussein was lying when he said all weapons had been destroyed, and it shows that years of on-again, off-again weapons inspections did not uncover these munitions.

Hoekstra said the report, completed in April but only declassified now, shows that "there is still a lot about Iraq that we don't fully understand."

I think it is clear that most of us understand -- it is instead a question of certain partisans choosing to ignore these weapons for political purposes. After all, there have been reports in the press repeatedly since 2003 that have indicated the discovery of these small caches of WMDs -- which are then routinely ignored by the opponents of the war, who continue with their zombie-like monotone mantra of "Bush lied, people died."

And while it may be that these weapons were not, at the time of discovery, operational, it is clear that Saddam repeatedly lied about having destroyed all of his WMDs following the Gulf War, as required by the UN.





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And, as predicted, there is nary a peep in the major DNC Propaganda Outlets (colloquially known as the MSM) who trumpetted the "No WMD" claims.

|| Posted by Vic, June 22, 2006 09:03 AM ||

RWR - I'm surprised that you were fooled by lying Santorum. When contacted about Ricky's latest desperation move (he's losing his senate race), a Defense Department official told Fox News flatly that the munitions hyped by Santorum and Hoekstra are “not the WMD’s for which this country went to war.”

|| Posted by Dan, June 22, 2006 09:18 AM ||

The most amazing part of this for me is that they actually left the fax and telephone numbers intact on that sheet!

-Bart

|| Posted by Bartleby, June 22, 2006 02:45 PM ||

Hans Blix long ago already put the issue of whether Hussein lied to rest. Blix found Hussein
guilty of no more than sloppy record-keeping,unlike Bush who Blix found guilty of
cherrypicking intelligence to excuse a pre-determined war.
Since another investigator close to the scene,Scott Ritter, says the same and the British Intelligence Chief Dearlove verifies it in the
"Downing Street Memo," the case is closed.

|| Posted by Ken Hoop, June 22, 2006 05:55 PM ||

Blix has been proven wrong, the peodphile Ritter is not worth listening to, and the Dowing Street memo isn't worth the paper it is written on, as it misrepresents what was said in the conversation according to the participants.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, June 22, 2006 08:45 PM ||

If you neocons gather all your resources and caterwaul at full pitch against Ritter's
now ancient exoneration , you might combine to
achieve a tenth of one percent of the decibels
necessary to boost him one thousandth of the
way to Roman Polanski status in the eyes of the general public. Keep trying!

Meanwhile this conservative (but not neoconservative)ex Marine hero has the worldwide audience of millions, as does Hans Blix.
And the DSM has the blessing of much of British
Intelligence and ex foreign secretary Robin Cook,
all of who confirm the fix was in.

As the dominant proportion of the US electorate
has polled consistently since the release of
the Kay Report believeing Bush lied, you guys have lost these battles. You gotta know
when to fold 'em.


|| Posted by Ken Hoop, June 23, 2006 02:44 PM ||
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