Friday, March 10, 2006

Why We Fight #1: Saddam's WMD Tapes

Updates below:

This is a newsclip about Saddam's chemical, biological, and nuclear WMD. The tapes cover the years between 1992 and 2000, according to Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret.).

At a February conference in Washington, D.C., a tape of Saddam talking about his WMD was shown to participants and to the media.

Saddam even discussed deceiving the UN weapons inspectors and the possibility of using WMD in the US via proxies.
Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney speculates that the Bush Administration doesn't discuss this evidence, even though it would cut the legs off the anti-war movement, because it would embarrass the French, the Russians, and the Chinese who helped Saddam get the materials for his WMD programs.

McInterney speculates that President Bush doesn't explain all of this because he doesn't want to embarrass these countries: he wants their cooperation in the War on Terror.

McInterney says that the Russians "absolutely" moved the WMD out of Iraq.

Here is a link to the conference and the tapes


According to an article in The Weekly Standard, President Bush has said that he would like the tapes released:

Bush [said] that he wanted the documents released. He turned to Hadley and asked for an update. Hadley explained that John Negroponte, Bush's Director of National Intelligence, "owns the documents" and that DNI lawyers were deciding how they might be handled.
Bush extended his arms in exasperation and worried aloud that people who see the documents in 10 years will wonder why they weren't released sooner. "If
I knew then what I know now," Bush said in the voice of a war skeptic, "I would have been more supportive of the war."

Bush told Hadley to expedite the release of the Iraq documents. "This stuff ought to be out. Put this stuff out." The president would reiterate this point before the meeting adjourned. And as the briefing ended, he approached Pence, poked a finger in the congressman's chest, and thanked him for raising the issue. When Pence began to restate his view that the documents should be released, Bush put his hand up, as if to say, "I hear you. It will be taken care of."


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