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  Arnold Beichman on Weapons of Mass Destruction & Iraq on National Review Online
The failure to find WMDs has been greeted with sadistic delight by, among others, CNN and the anti-American British Broadcasting Co., which is suffering from a pernicious disease known as SAHS, Severe Acute Hate-America Syndrome.
The purpose of the BBC-CNN jeering at the failure to find WMD is to rob the second Gulf War of any legitimacy even though the Coalition victory deposed a genocidal dictator whose contribution to Iraqi culture has been mass graves.
We cannot discount the theory that Saddam did have WMDs and just as he flew his planes out to Iran in 1991, he could just as well have turned his WMDs to Iran, feeling sure that they would in time be put to good terrorist use.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/comment-beichman060403.asp   (675 words)

  
 TomPaine.com - Dreaming Of WMDs
The story had gone from Hussein definitely possessed stockpiles of terrible WMDs to Hussein had the "intent and capability." This assertion was misleading, too.
Iraq posed a potential WMD threat down the road—if there were no inspections, no sanctions, no international pressure, all of which were ongoing.
Its supposed WMD capability was not a clear and present danger.
www.tompaine.com /articles/dreaming_of_wmds.php   (941 words)

  
 CNN.com - Official: U.S. calls off search for Iraqi WMDs - Jan 12, 2005
Charles A. Duelfer, who headed the Iraq Survey Group's search for WMD in Iraq, has returned to the United States and is working on his final report, the official said.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said though the search for WMD yielded no results, the United States, based on "extensive intelligence," believed before it invaded Iraq that Saddam was intent on acquiring them.
The Iraq Survey Group report said that Iraq's WMD program was essentially destroyed in 1991 and Saddam ended the country's nuclear program after the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
www.cnn.com /2005/US/01/12/wmd.search/index.html   (974 words)

  
 Newsvine - wmds
Even if we assume the President has an IQ comparable to the proof of liquor found in his daughters' limosuine, it does not change the fact that he is our president.
In late January 2003, as Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared to argue the Bush administration's case against Iraq at the United Nations, veteran CIA officer Tyler Drumheller sat down with a classified draft of Powell's speech to look for errors.
I suggest that people in the dissemination channels from the intelligence analysts to the ultimate decision makers increased the contrast on a "gray" analysis to one in "fl and white".
www.newsvine.com /wmds   (907 words)

  
 The truth about WMDs - OpinionHughWhite - www.theage.com.au
It is still too early to be certain that Iraq did not have a small WMD program, much of which may have been destroyed, exported or very well hidden in the months before the invasion.
There are two hypotheses: one is that they simply got it wrong; the other is that they got it wrong under political pressure to produce the evidence their governments wanted.
It arises from the fact that all the talk of WMDs was anyway much less central to the coalition's reasons for invading Iraq than they made out at the time.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2003/06/18/1055828379276.html   (1115 words)

  
 WMDs
The fact that the Iraqi regime did not use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to prevent the complete conquest of their nation by foreign armies supports the assertion by those who said that Iraq did not have the banned weapons.
While the U.S. government and Britain claimed, before the war, that they had solid evidence of Iraqi WMD and that UN Security Council resolutions provided legal cover for their armed invasion of Iraq, the lack of any evidence of WMD in Iraq is raising serious questions about the motives for the aggression.
UN inspectors would save U.S. forces, which are already stretched thin, the effort and expense of searching for Iraqi WMD and would provide the required credibility that any materials found have not been planted by the allies to justify the war.
www.americanfreepress.net /04_26_03/WMDs/wmds.html   (1150 words)

  
 Weapons of mass dissembling - Salon
Arms inspector David Kay is conveniently blaming his failure to find WMD on U.S. intelligence, but the real villains are the Bush neocons who cooked data and twisted arms to get the "evidence" they needed for war.
Before he departed on his quest for Saddam Hussein's fabled weapons of mass destruction, David Kay, chief of the Iraq Survey Group, confidently told friends that he promptly expected to locate the cause of the preemptive war.
The truth is that much of the intelligence community did not fail, but presented correct assessments and warnings that were overridden and suppressed.
www.salon.com /opinion/blumenthal/2004/02/05/wmd/index.html   (1539 words)

  
 WorkingForChange-Phantom WMDs
You don't have to be an expert on WMDs in the Middle East to know that when the administration starts spreading the word that "it wouldn't really make any difference if there were WMDs or not," it's worried about not finding any.
Saddam did have WMDs, but in a wily plot, he poured them all down a drain right before we invaded, just so he could embarrass Bush.
The WMDs are still there, but in some remote desert hiding place we may never be able to find.
www.workingforchange.com /article.cfm?itemid=14909&CFID=6936517&CFTOKEN=26529213   (785 words)

  
 No evidence of WMDs required
Saddam kept a team of scientists on hand to resume WMD programs the minute the West looked the other way.
The United States spent billions on its "no-fly zones" in the north and south, which ensured the Iraqi people would continue to starve even as their leader continued to build palaces and other monuments to himself.
Today, WMDs or no WMDs, no one in the world doubts our resolve to defend our interests.
www.heritage.org /Press/Commentary/ed030104b.cfm   (790 words)

  
 Weapons of mass destruction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1990 and during the 1991 Gulf War, WMD was resurrected and used prolifically by politicians and the media, despite having a fairly antique aura.
The strategic nature of WMD also defines their function in the military doctrine of total war as targeting the means a country would use to support and supply its war effort, specifically its population, industry, and natural resources.
The term WMD may be used as a powerful buzzword ([15]), or to generate a culture of fear ([16]).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Weapons_of_Mass_Destruction   (4341 words)

  
 Rod D. Martin: UN Confirms: WMDs Smuggled Out of Iraq
In a report which might alternately be termed “stunning” or “terrifying”, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war.
Perricos highlighted the proliferation danger to the Security Council, as well he should: UNMOVIC has no idea where most of the WMD material is today, just that it exists and it's gone; and anything in Syria is likely to be in Jerusalem or New York tomorrow.
A writer, speaker and technology entrepreneur, he is a prescient futurist and advocate for liberty who serves as a member of the Arlington Group, on the Council for National Policy's Board of Governors, and as Executive Vice President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), “the Republican Wing of the Republican Party”.
www.thevanguard.org /thevanguard/columns/040618.shtml?ID=13323   (723 words)

  
 CNN.com - Report: No WMD stockpiles in Iraq - Oct 7, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
According to a report by the CIA's Charles Duelfer, Saddam Hussein did not have WMD when the war began.
In fact, the long-awaited report, authored by Charles Duelfer, who advises the director of central intelligence on Iraqi weapons, says Iraq's WMD program was essentially destroyed in 1991 and Saddam ended Iraq's nuclear program after the 1991 Gulf War.
But British Prime Minister Tony Blair had just the opposite take on the information in the report, saying it demonstrated the U.N. sanctions were not working and Saddam was "doing his best" to get around them.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/10/06/iraq.wmd.report   (954 words)

  
 INDOlink - US News - No WMDs In Iraq Found: Charles Duelfer
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said that while he now accepted that Iraq held no stockpiles of WMD ready to be deployed at the time of the invasion, the report showed that UN sanctions had not been working.
·The problem of discerning WMD in Iraq is highlighted by the pre-war misapprehensions of weapons which were not there.
He told supporters on his election campaign trail that the world was better off without Saddam Hussein, and the risk of him passing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to terror groups was "a risk we could not afford to take".
www.indolink.com /displayArticleS.php?id=100704122309   (1014 words)

  
 Weapons of Mass Destruction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
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www.peterwhitecycles.com /wmds.htm   (299 words)

  
 Weapons of Mass Destruction (assorted articles)
The tankers reportedly were met by Syrian special forces and escorted to the heroin poppy fields of a Syrian-controlled area in Lebanon's Bekáa Valley, where their contents were dumped into specially prepared pits and buried.
Reports of Iraqi WMD winding up in Syria were not just coming from the Israelis.
At least one of the al-Qaida plotters arrested in Jordan earlier this month as part of a weapons of mass destruction plot that Jordanian officials say could have killed 80,000 people revealed on Monday that he was trained in Iraq before the US invaded in March 2003.
www.unfitnews.com /articles/assorted.ICD.WMD.htm   (4584 words)

  
 Iraqi WMDs
Former weapons inspector David Kay tells CNN that since Saddam was unlikely to have ever succeeded in developing WMDs: "If the administration had laid out a case based solely on the intentions of the Iraqi regime, I doubt you would have had massive public support or any international support for that.
Most political pundits picked sides on the WMD debate early on, and the ones who lined up behind the White House are beginning to feel the heat.
In effect, Bill kept hitting the snooze button on his WMD deadline to avoid (or at least postpone) apologizing to the nation and declaring his mistrust for the Bush administration, two things he probably never had any intention of doing under any circumstances.
www.rotten.com /library/history/war/wmd/saddam   (6785 words)

  
 Howard says finding WMDs still possible - National - www.smh.com.au
The Prime Minister, John Howard, today maintained the search for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq would continue for some time yet, sparking Labor claims he was ignoring reality.
Although no WMDs have been found in the country despite intense searching by the US-led coalition since the invasion in March last year, Mr Howard said he was not willing to concede none would be found.
Mr Latham said Iraq's alleged stockpile of WMDs was the whole basis for Australia joining the coalition of the willing and invading Iraq.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2004/05/30/1085855431343.html   (524 words)

  
 MTV News | Lawmakers Say WMDs Were Found In Iraq ... Kind Of
You'd think that after the numerous revelations of faulty prewar intelligence and the failure to find the dangerous weapons cache allegedly stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration would be shouting from the rooftops about finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Of course, most of those weapons were buried by Iraqi troops during their eight-year war with Iran — which ended in 1988 — and were long forgotten.
Wednesday night, intelligence officials reaffirmed that the shells were not the suspected WMDs sought in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and were, for the most part, not in useable condition.
www.mtv.com /news/articles/1534832/20060622/index.jhtml?headlines=true   (563 words)

  
 Media Matters - Fox News hosts and guests touted discredited report that WMDs were found in Iraq
In fact, soon after the press conference, intelligence officials confirmed that the pre-1991 shells were not the WMDs that the Bush administration cited in its argument for war.
Moreover, the Iraq Survey Group's September 2004 final report (also known as the Duelfer report) had already noted that "a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions" were discovered after the invasion, as the weblog Think Progress noted.
At the press conference, Santorum and Hoekstra announced that a recently declassified intelligence-report summary showed that WMDs, specifically chemical weapons, were present in Iraq prior to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
mediamatters.org /items/200606230005   (5217 words)

  
 Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction
This extensive analysis of Iraqi WMD programs was produced by the British Government's Joint Intelligence Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the production of national and strategic intelligence.
In response to the post-war controversy over U.S. intelligence estimates of Iraqi WMD programs, the White House released the entire key judgments section of the Top Secret October 2002 national intelligence estimate on the subject.
Kay told the attending members that the ISG had not yet found stocks of weapons, but was not at a point where it could be determined definitively that such weapons stocks did not exist or that they existed before the war but had been relocated.
www.gwu.edu /~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB80   (7384 words)

  
 Desperately Seeking WMDs
There was something surreal about President Bush's standing before the UN General Assembly and reciting boilerplate about WMDs and Iraqi links to international terrorism, when, just a day or two earlier, officials, including the president himself, had distanced themselves from those claims.
But weapons and facilities were destroyed, first in the 1991 Gulf War and then by UN inspectors from 1991 to 1998.
The assertion that in recent years "everyone" agreed Iraq had WMDs is patently false.
baltimorechronicle.com /oct03_WMDs.html   (706 words)

  
 Bushlies.com » Bush’s Most Recent Revisionism
And earlier this year, David Kay, who had been the Bush administration’s chief WMD hunter in Iraq, declared that Iraq had no weapons and that its ability to produce WMDs was severely limited.
And as history showed before the war–and now–inspections had succeeded in curtailing Hussein’s WMD “capability.” As he did so often before the war, Bush was depicting the alternatives available to him in simplistic and misleading terms: he either had to invade and occupy Iraq or “trust” the butcher of Baghdad.
Bush’s rationale has evolved from the false allegation that Hussein had “WMD” to the claim that there were “weapons of mass destruction program-related activities” to the now even more convoluted claim that we went to war because Hussein had the potential capacity to institute weapons of mass destruction program-related activities.
www.bushlies.com /WParchive/62.html   (3022 words)

  
 This Just In: WMDs Found in Iraq
In fact, during the initial weeks of the US attack in 2003, the TV, radio and print media in the US repeatedly reported that WMDs were discovered, and although every single story was later shown to be false, the retractions were few and minor if they were aired at all.
A few British newspapers carried the correction that WMDs had not been found after all, but the correction was omitted altogether or buried near the bottom of stories in U.S. newspapers, which by then were agog with other new and alarming discoveries—discoveries that also led nowhere in the end.
Its sensational reports from Iraq were so popular with conservative viewers that it won the cable ratings war during the invasion of Iraq, even though Fox had a smaller contingent of correspondents actually reporting from the battlefield than any of the others.
www.gnn.tv /articles/2483/This_Just_In_WMDs_Found_in_Iraq   (2837 words)

  
 Greenpeace finds WMDs | Greenpeace International
All information about these locations has been drawn from public sources, so we didn't have to worry about invading any countries, incurring civilian casualties, paying costly bounties for inside information or mess around with torture or illegal detention.
If the nuclear powers are seriously concerned about the WMDs of India, Pakistan, Israel, and Korea, they ought to look to the example they set.
Now call us old fashioned, but we believe that a key lesson of the Iraq crisis is that international laws and treaties to prevent proliferation must be strengthened, not weakened.
www.greenpeace.org /international/news/greenpeace-finds-wmds   (753 words)

  
 American Thinker Blog: A second Iraqi former commander confirms WMDs
The left and the antique media have made it an article of faith that there never were any WMDs, and that "Bush lied." So deep is their investment in a political position premised on this conclusion that they will pay no attention to contrary evidence.
I was there helping with the revolution and worked on two occasions with Soviet KGB officials to help train us, much like the United States did with the Taliban during the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan.
The tape recordings of Saddam discussing WMDs are said by Ryan Mauro of Worldthreats.com to be a "smoking cannon." If all of this information proves out, the left in the US and UK are going to face an awful reckoning.
www.americanthinker.com /comments.php?comments_id=4465   (833 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Final report: Iraq had no WMDs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Two trailers found after the war were for producing hydrogen gas for weather balloons.
Instead his lieutenants understood WMD revival was his goal from their long association with Saddam and his infrequent, but firm, verbal comments and directions to them."
The report's conclusions about Iraq's weapons plans came from interviews with jailed Iraqi officials, including Saddam, who is in U.S. military custody while awaiting an Iraqi war crimes trial.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2004-10-06-wmd_x.htm   (707 words)

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