I was actually surprised to discover that conservative right wingers took the time to search through the latest wikileaks Iraq War documents. Instead of being horrified at the loss of civilian life (now thanks to these documents is considered much higher then W Bush admitted) they found a gem they could rally around. That’s right, there were WMDs in Iraq and the main stream media did nothing to report it. Another “Liberal Lie” bites the dust.
While the invasion of Iraq didn’t find huge stockpiles of new WMDs, it did uncover stockpiles that the UN had demanded destroyed as a condition of the 1991 truce that Saddam Hussein abrogated for twelve years
To my shock even Wired is running the story that wikileaks unearthed WMDs They should at the very least know better.
While the Right wing has somehow discovered the internet for the first time, what they still haven’t found is Google. You see, I actually remember it being reported in independent news that these caches of old Mustard Gas had been found. The reason the main stream media never picked up on it? because George Bush Senior sold him the Mustard Gas and the turned a blind eye towards Saddam using these on his own people (especially the Kurds in 1991). It would have been embarrassing to have to explain where this mustard gas originally came from.
Going to google and searching for Mustard Gas Iraq finds the following News Stories:
Fox News Story from May 17 2004 Which includes this gem
It also appears some top Pentagon officials were surprised by the sarin news; they thought the matter was classified, administration officials told Fox News.
If the Bush Administration had found WMDs, why would it be classified instead of them shouting it from the roofs?
However, the find of a small amount of mortar shells is unlikely to satisfy a growing chorus of criticism that the much-touted weapons of mass destruction either never existed or were destroyed years ago. The Danish team has found only 36 mortar rounds buried in desert about 45 miles from Al Amarah, a southern town. But it added that up to a 100 more could still be hidden at the location. The rounds were in plastic bags and some were leaking. It seems they had been buried for at least 10 years.
That’s quite the imminent threat to American Security!
A Pentagon official who confirmed the findings said that all the weapons were pre-1991 vintage munitions “in such a degraded state they couldn’t be used for what they are designed for.”
The official, who asked not to be identified, said most were 155 millimeter artillery projectiles with mustard gas or sarin of varying degrees of potency.
Once again, not exactly the threat we were told of before the war.
Boylan said the suspected lab was new, dating from some time after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Bush administration cited evidence that Saddam Hussein’s government was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction as the main justification for the invasion. No such weapons or factories were found.
So it appears that Operation Iraqi Freedom actually INCREASED the number of labs producing Mustard gas in Iraq.
The 500 munitions discovered throughout Iraq since 2003 and discussed in a National Ground Intelligence Center report meet the criteria of weapons of mass destruction, the center’s commander said here today.
“These are chemical weapons as defined under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and yes … they do constitute weapons of mass destruction,” Army Col. John Chu told the House Armed Services Committee.
The Chemical Weapons Convention is an arms control agreement which outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. It was signed in 1993 and entered into force in 1997.
Rumsfeld said Polish Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski told him about the find when they met earlier this week at a NATO summit in Istanbul.
“He pointed out that his troops in Iraq had recently come across — I’ve forgotten the number, but something like 16 or 17 — warheads that contained sarin and mustard gas,” Rumsfeld told Newradio 600 KOGO of San Diego, California, in an interview aired Wednesday.
Even the Poles knew about the Mustard Gas!
Look, it doesn’t take that much work to go to Google and type in Mustard Gas Iraq. If you are going to start tooting your horn about there being “WMDs in Iraq” then your going to have to find something better then this. Saddam was never going to use this stuff to attack America. For the most part it seems quite possible that poor bookkeeping had more to do with these handful of Mustard shells here and there still being around. In about ten minutes I found six articles from 2004 and 2006 which were published at the time. There is no claiming that the “Main Stream Media” swept this story under the rug. Please next time do a little research before you celebrate proving the “Liberal Lie” wrong.