07/07/2008 (8:00 am)
The last of Saddam’s Hussein’s yellowcake was successfully transferred to Canada this weekend, leaving in its wake a little crossfire between leftie and rightie blogs about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. The yellowcake itself is old, dating from before the 1991 Iraq war, and the International Atomic Energy Agency knew all about it, but it was definitely purchased for the purpose of a nuclear program, and it was definitely owned by the Iraqi government.
I’ll take the reminder of the historic issue to reassert some of the relevant documentation regarding the Iraq war. Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs were real. They were carefully documented by a number of foreign governments, not just ours. Reports on these weapons were compiled before George W. Bush took office, and were the basis for the Clinton administration’s assessment that Saddam Hussein was a significant danger to the US. The subsequent propaganda campaign by the Democrats, with the cooperation of the American press, to pretend that these programs did not exist and that the President lied about them is a study in infamy and mendacity.
Here’s the British government dossier on Iraq’s WMD programs from 2002. It concurs with everything the Bush administration said about Iraq’s programs.
Here’s US inspector David Kay’s testimony before the CIA concerning what he found of Iraq’s WMD programs after the US invasion. It documents ongoing biological and chemical weapons programs. The only thing that was not found was the expected stockpile of chemical weapons; the programs were there, and ongoing.
And here’s that reminder about what Democrats were saying about Iraq as a threat to the US before it became convenient for them to use Iraq as a weapon against the President, (with a cool, slow sound track by Traffic):
The facts are clear. Read the documents for yourself, and draw the obvious conclusions.
4 Comments »
Comment by RM
This is great information, but the prevailing wisdom (I believe another example of the screeching inversion)is that there were no WMD, and that Bush lied us into the war. I believe no amount of facts, however compelling, will ever change this misconception, at least not in your or my lifetimes. There is simply too much invested by the left in the “No WMD” fiction.
It is almost too difficult to accept that probably 25% of the country would rather base their decisions on inaccurate information due to their seething hatred of Bush and their political orientation, and that another 25% simply accepts the leftist version as fact and is too cowed by the current zeitgeist to ever consider an alternative explanation.
Comment by RM
I do’t mean to be too cynical or pessimistic. It is very important that the truth be told as per your site’s slogan or creed. You are doing the Lord’s work here by providing a reality check. What I wouldn’t give to see this article in the NYT!
Comment by NevadaDad
Gee Phil, don’t you know anything? Facts are irrelevant. What matters is whether the issue can be reduced to fit on a bumper sticker — like “Bush lied, people died.”
Comment by Phil
That particular phrase is a piece of advertising genius, NevadaDad, if you can call anything “genius” that aids deception.