Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq: Reports from the Worldwide Press

The following is a list of news articles I’ve collected relating to weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I’ve found the absence of the following reports in mass media intriguing. Given the amount of news-related activity, I find it rather mysterious how the world seems to be surprised at the use of chemical weapons in Syria and other countries.

Saddam Hussein breached UN resolution after resolution, slaughtered thousands upon thousands in his own country and was finally called to task. These events conveniently coincided with the US ‘‘War on Terrorism’’ and has proven beneficial in expending the resources of Islamic terrorist groups.

  • Key to the following articles: Original article are marked with a hyperlink to the original online news release. Abstracts of the material appear in bold and some is directly quoted material, unless enclosed in brackets. Information in [brackets] represents added commentary.

Al-Qaeda has been involved in the transportation and supply of weapons of mass destruction throughout the world. In June 2014, ISIS captured Iraqi chemical weapons of mass destruction which had been plainly visible to anyone willing to walk into the damaged area where they had been stored in the 1990s. Damages to the facility are likely the result of allied bombing to rid Saddam of his WMD infrastructure in the early years of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

10 July 2014 : Most significant is the article written after ISIS members captured chemical and nuclear WMD. “Wired magazine’s contributing editor Noah Shachtman — a nonresident fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution — researched the 400,000 WikiLeaked documents released in October. Here’s what he found: “By late 2003, even the Bush White House’s staunchest defenders were starting to give up on the idea that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But WikiLeaks’ newly-released Iraq war documents reveal that for years afterward, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins and uncover weapons of mass destruction (emphasis added). … Chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict — and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.” In 2008, our military shipped out of Iraq — on 37 flights in 3,500 barrels — what even The Associated Press called 'the last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program”: 550 metric tons of the supposedly nonexistent yellowcake. The New York Sun editorialized: “The uranium issue is not a trivial one, because Iraq, sitting on vast oil reserves, has no peaceful need for nuclear power. … To leave this nuclear material sitting around the Middle East in the hands of Saddam … would have been too big a risk.'”

More significantly is '“the 2007 CIA report on the Al Muthanna complex '”. The site is the location where United Nations teams stored Iraq WMD in the years after Operation Desert Storm. That complex, as the CIA document shows, is not clear whether the massive WMD bunkers were looted by Iraqi civilians or by the government of Iraq after 1998. “All the facilities (laboratories, pilot plant, bunkers, and animal storage area) inspected that were supposed to be sealed as a result of UN resolutions had been breached. ”

Even before Operation Iraqi Freedom began and before President Bush came to office, the government of Iraq actively planned and coordinated to purchase uranium yellowcake through contacts in Al Qaeda.

July 1998 In July, an Iraqi delegation traveled to Afghanistan to meet first with Taliban and then with Bin Ladin. Sources reported that one, or perhaps both, of these meetings was apparently arranged through Bin Laden’s Egyptian deputy, Zawahiri, who had ties on his own to the Iraqis. In 1998, Iraq was under intensifying U.S. pressure, which culminated in a series of large air attacks in December.

1999 Similar meetings between Iraqi officials and Bin Laden or his aides may have occurred in 1999 during a period of some reported strains with the Taliban.

24 Dec 2000 SADDAM HUSSEIN has ordered his scientists to resume work on a programme aimed at making a nuclear bomb, a defector warned yesterday. According to Salman Yassin Zweir, a design engineer who was employed by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission for 13 years, the instruction came in a document marked ‘‘top secret’’ which identified a research centre on Al-Jadriya Street, Baghdad, as the headquarters of the new operation. Zweir was arrested and tortured after refusing to go back to the programme. He escaped to Jordan, where he spoke for the first time last week after being reunited with his wife, who was also tortured, and their two sons, aged seven and six. ‘‘Saddam is very proud of his nuclear team,’’ said Zweir, 39. ‘‘He will never give up the dream of being the first Arab leader to have a nuclear bomb.’’

A senior western diplomat said last night: ‘‘This is the first concrete evidence of what we feared might be happening.’’

Department of State Iraq acknowledged conducting 14 open-air tests of biological weapons from January 1991 to March 1998. At the same time, Baghdad provided no persuasive evidence that it had unilaterally destroyed its biological agents and munitions, as it claimed to have done.

When the inspectors started arriving, we would just lock the doors to the areas where we were working. We would take the inspectors on a path that was constructed so that we could bypass the locked doors. Behind the locked doors was where we were working to enrich the uranium to design the bomb.

Former Iraqi nuclear director Hamza expressed the same view in a 2000 interview:

I do not know if they have the uranium, but the design is there. The construction would be difficult and probably take a few months. It all depends on how they get the fissile material. Saddam can either start a fissile material program in Iraq — the enrichment program — in which case it may take him two or three years to have it. Or he can get it from abroad, like from Russia. Then he will have it immediately.

The extended U.N. Iraqi debate, followed by unanimous adoption of Security Council Resolution 1441, occurred in the context of a decade-long effort by Saddam Hussein to systematically conceal, deceive, and lie to avoid complying fully with a single one of the more than 16 United Nations resolutions that he has been obligated to meet.

These earlier U.N. Security Council resolutions obligated Iraq to do the following:

  • Withdraw occupation forces from Kuwait.
  • Allow international inspectors to oversee the complete destruction of all weapons of mass destruction.
  • Halt development of any new nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons.
  • Destroy all ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 kilometers.
  • Stop support for terrorism and prevent terrorist organizations from operating inside the country.
  • Account for missing Kuwaitis and other foreign nationals following the Gulf War.
  • Return stolen Kuwaiti property and bear financial liability for Gulf War damage.
  • End repression of the Iraqi people.

Saddam Hussein has failed to meet any of these commitments. Moreover, the regime has not simply engaged in passive noncompliance but in active confrontation with the international community.

24 Sep 2002 Based on the UNSCOM report to the UN Security Council in January 1999 and earlier UNSCOM reports, we assess that when the UN inspectors left Iraq they were unable to account for:

  • up to 360 tonnes of bulk chemical warfare agent, including 1.5 tonnes of VX nerve agent;
  • up to 3,000 tonnes of precursor chemicals, including approximately 300 tonnes which, in the Iraqi chemical warfare programme, were unique to the production of VX;
  • growth media procured for biological agent production (enough to produce over three times the 8,500 litres of anthrax spores Iraq admits to having manufactured);
  • over 30,000 special munitions for delivery of chemical and biological agents.

Human rights: abuses under Saddam Hussein

  • 4000 prisoners were executed at Abu Ghraib Prison in 1984.
  • 3000 prisoners were executed at the Mahjar Prison between 1993 and 1998.
  • About 2500 prisoners were executed between 1997 and 1999 in a prison cleansing campaign.
  • 122 male prisoners were executed at Abu Ghraib prison in February/March 2000. A further 23 political prisoners were executed there in October 2001.
  • In October 2000 dozens of women accused of prostitution were beheaded without any judicial process. Some were accused for political reasons.
  • Women prisoners at Mahjar are routinely raped by their guards.
  • Methods of torture used in Iraqi jails include using electric drills to mutilate hands, pulling out fingernails, knife cuts, sexual attacks and ‘official rape’.
  • Prisoners at the Qurtiyya Prison in Baghdad and elsewhere are kept in metal boxes the size of tea chests. If they do not confess they are left to die.

In late 1995 Iraq acknowledged weapons testing the biological agent ricin, but did not provide production information. Two years later, in early 1997, UNSCOM discovered evidence that Iraq had produced ricin.

6 Feb 2003 [George Tenet to Bob Graham:] We have ‘‘solid reporting of senior level contacts between Iraq and Al Qaida’’ going back a decade. Credible information indicates that Iraq and Al Qaida have discussed safe haven and reciprocal non-aggression. We have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members, including some who have been in Baghdad. ‘‘We have credible reporting that Al Qaida leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire WMD capabilities [how would Al Qaeda acquire WMD if Saddam didn’t have them?]. ‘‘The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaida members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs. Iraq’s increased support to extremist Palestinians, coupled with growing indications of a relationship with Al Qaida, suggest that Baghdad’s links to terrorists will increase, even absent U.S. military action.

13 Mar 2003 ‘‘Forget about 1441 . . . How about Resolution 687?’’

Now let’s take a look at the record since this Resolution was passed and accepted:

  • Several times over the past dozen years, Iraq has been found to have been concealing its prohibited WMD stockpiles and manufacturing programs from UN inspectors, all in violation of UNSC Resolution 687.
  • We have now even recently found Iraq to be in possession of and to be actively manufacturing prohibited ballistic missiles in violation of UNSC Resolution 687.
  • A dozen years after Iraq invaded Kuwait, there are still several hundred Kuwaitis who remain unaccounted for.
  • Iraq continued to harbor known, wanted terrorist Abu Nidal for years until he died by suicide or assassination last summer. That was a violation of 687. Also, Iraq plotted to assassinate former US President George Bush in 1993. That was also a violation. Iraq is known to have provided financial assistance to Palestinian terrorist groups who have carried out suicide bombings in Israel. That is a violation. And, finally, known al Qaeda operatives are known to be active in Iraq as explained by Secretary of State Colin Powell before the UN Security Council. Once again, that is a violation of UNSC Resolution 687.

6 Apr 2003 ‘‘ALBU MUHAWISH, Iraq - U.S. soldiers evacuated an Iraqi military compound on Sunday after tests by a mobile laboratory ‘‘confirmed evidence of sarin nerve gas. More than a dozen soldiers of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division had been sent earlier for chemical weapons decontamination after they exhibited symptoms of possible exposure to nerve agents.

11 Apr 2003 ‘‘BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. Marines may have found weapons-grade plutonium in a massive underground facility discovered beneath Iraq’s Al Tuwaitha nuclear complex,’’ Fox News confirmed Friday.

  • [Details of Iraq’s Al Tuwaitha Nuclear Facility and nuclear programs]

June 2003 In late June 2003, Dr. Mahdi Shukur Ubaydi, the head of Iraq’s pre-1991 centrifuge uranium enrichment program approached U.S. officials in Baghdad. According to a CIA statement on the matter, Dr. Ubaydi turned over a volume of centrifuge documents and components he had hidden in his garden from inspectors since 1991. These items, blueprints and key centrifuge pieces, represented a complete template for what would be needed to rebuild a centrifuge uranium enrichment program. He also claimed this concealment was part of a secret, high-level plan to reconstitute the nuclear weapons program once sanctions ended.

30 Oct 2003 U.S. intelligence consensus: Iraqi WMD shipped to Syria. For the first time, the U.S. intelligence community has released an assessment that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were transferred to neighboring Syria in the weeks prior to the U.S.-led war against the Saddam Hussein regime.

6 Jan 2004 Nizar Nayuf (Nayyouf-Nayyuf), a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper ‘‘De Telegraaf,’’ that he knows the three sites where Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are kept. The storage places are:

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  1. Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long-range missiles are stored in these tunnels.
  2. The village of Tal Snan, north of the town of Salamija, where there is a big Syrian air force camp. Vital parts of Iraq’s WMD are stored there.
  3. The city of Sjinsjar on the Syrian border with the Lebanon, south of Homs city.

Nayouf writes that the transfer of Iraqi WMD to Syria was organized by the commanders of Saddam Hussein’s Special Republican Guard, including General Shalish, with the help of Assif Shoakat , Bashar Assad’s cousin. Shoakat is the CEO of Bhaha, an import/export company owned by the Assad family.

  • Related: Syria’s Defense Ministry has been smuggling missile and weapons of mass destruction components to Sudan in an apparent effort to conceal them from Western inspection.
  • 25 Jan 2004 David Kay, who recently resigned as leader of a U.S. weapons search team in Iraq, said ‘‘part of captive president Saddam Hussein’s weapons program was hidden in Syria’’, a report in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper said today. Kay was reported to have said he had uncovered evidence unspecified materials were moved to Syria shortly before last year’s U.S. invasion of Iraq.
  • 29 Apr 2004 See below

2 Mar 2004 In ‘‘June 2002’’, U.S. officials say intelligence had revealed that ‘‘Zarqawi and members of al-Qaida had set up a weapons lab at Kirma, in northern Iraq,’’ producing deadly ricin and cyanide…Four months later, intelligence showed Zarqawi was planning to use ricin in terrorist attacks in Europe…In ‘‘January 2003, the threat turned real’’. Police in London arrested six terror suspects and discovered a ricin lab connected to the camp in Iraq.

15 Apr 2004 ‘‘Iraqi Nuclear Gear Found in Europe. ‘‘UNITED NATIONS, April 14 – Large amounts of nuclear-related equipment, some of it contaminated, and a small number of missile engines have been smuggled out of Iraq for recycling in European scrap yards, according to the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog and other U.N. diplomats.

17 Apr 2004 ‘‘Jordan’s King Abdullah’’ revealed on Saturday that vehicles reportedly containing ‘‘chemical weapons and poison gas that were part of a deadly al-Qaida bomb plot came from Syria’’, the country named by U.S. weaponsinspector David Kay last year as a likely repository for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction…’’A car belonging to the al-Qaida plotters, containing a chemical bomb and poisonous gas’’, was intercepted just 75 miles from the Syrian border.

26 Apr 2004 “Saddam’s WMD have been found.” New evidence unveils chemical, biological, nuclear, ballistic arms. New evidence out of Iraq suggests the U.S. effort to track down Saddam Hussein’s missing weapons of mass destruction is having better success than is being reported.

[Related story with photo and detailed description of ‘‘wmd that have been located!’’

  • ’’Reference strains’’ of a wide variety of biological-weapons agents were found beneath the sink in the home of a prominent Iraqi BW scientist. ‘‘We thought it was a big deal,’’ a senior administration official said. ‘‘But it has been written off [by the press] as a sort of ‘starter set.
  • New research on BW-applicable agents, brucella and Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever, and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin that were not declared to the United Nations.
  • A line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, “not fully declared at an undeclared production facility and an admission that they had tested one of their declared UAVs out to a range of 500 kilometers [311 miles], 350 kilometers [217 miles] beyond the permissible limit.”
  • “Continuing covert capability to manufacture fuel propellant useful only for prohibited Scud-variant missiles, a capability that was maintained at least until the end of 2001 and that cooperating Iraqi scientists have said they were told to conceal from the U.N.”
  • “Plans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1,000 kilometers [621 miles] - well beyond the 150-kilometer-range limit [93 miles] imposed by the U.N. Missiles of a 1,000-kilometer range would have allowed Iraq to threaten targets throughout the Middle East, including Ankara [Turkey], Cairo [Egypt] and Abu Dhabi [United Arab Emirates].”
  • In addition, through interviews with Iraqi scientists, seized documents and other evidence, the ISG learned the Iraqi government had made “clandestine attempts between late 1999 and 2002 to obtain from North Korea technology related to 1,300-kilometer-range [807 miles] ballistic missiles - probably the No Dong - 300-kilometer-range [186 miles] antiship cruise missiles and other prohibited military equipment,” Kay reported.

26 Apr 2004 On Dec. 24, 2002, nearly three months before fighting in Iraq began, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accused Saddam Hussein’s regime of transferring key materials for his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs to Syria in convoys of 18-wheel trucks to hide them from U.N. weapons inspectors. “There is information we are verifying, but we are certain that Iraq has recently moved chemical or biological weapons into Syria,” Sharon told Channel Two television in Israel…Reports of Iraqi WMD winding up in Syria were not just coming from the Israelis. In October 2003, retired ‘‘Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, head of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, revealed that vehicle traffic photographed by U.S. spy satellites indicated that material and documents related to Saddam’s forbidden WMD programs had been shipped to Syria before the war.’’

29 Apr 2004 Israeli Chief of Staff: Syria may have hidden Iraqi WMD. The Israeli chief of staff said the Saddam regime modified Iraqi aircraft for CW attacks against Israeli targets in 2002. He said the aircraft included Soviet-origin fighters as well as unmanned air vehicles. ‘‘We identified them: UAVs, Tupolev-16s and Sukhoi,’’ Ya’alon said. ‘‘They were specially fitted for these kinds of missions – dispersing chemical weapons. We are talking about dozens or no more than hundreds of kilograms of material.’’ Ya’alon said the U.S. military located the Iraqi modified aircraft by the second day of the war in March 2003. The chief of staff said Israel had relayed information critical to that mission.

17 May 2004 ‘‘BAGHDAD, Iraq — A roadside bomb containing sarin nerve agent recently exploded’’ near a U.S. military convoy, the U.S. military said Monday.

11 Jun 2004 ‘‘UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after.’’ The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003. . . . The Russian official said Russia was concerned by the prospect that WMD remains in Iraq.

25 Jun 2004 Iraq Survey Chief: More WMD Found. The head of the U.S. team conducting the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq announced on Thursday that his group has uncovered at least ten more artillery shells filled with banned chemical weapons and is finding new WMD evidence ‘‘almost every day.’’

30 Jun 2004 Russia: Ties to Saddam loyalists give Al Qaida access to WMD. MOSCOW – A senior Russian official said Al Qaida’s alliance with members of the former regime of Saddam Hussein could provide the Islamic movement with access to WMD and other sensitive material. The official said Al Qaida operatives would probably obtain WMD. components.

2 Jul 2004 Chemical Munitions Found by Polish Soldiers Were Being Pursued by Terrorists. WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Terrorists may have been close to obtaining munitions containing the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin that Polish soldiers recovered last month in Iraq, the head of Poland’s military intelligence said Friday.

6 Jul 2004 ’’U.S. Removes Iraqi Nuclear and Radiological Materials; Joint Operation Conducted with U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense.’’ Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have completed a joint operation to secure and remove from Iraq radiological and nuclear materials that could potentially be used in a radiological dispersal device or diverted to support a nuclear weapons program.

  • [Follow up:] 7 Jul 2004 ’’U.S. Removed Radioactive Materials From Iraq Facility. ‘‘Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced yesterday that almost two tons of low-enriched uranium and about 1,000 radioactive samples used for research had been removed from Iraq’s Tuwaitha Nuclear Center and brought to the United States for security reasons.

14 Jul 2004 ‘‘They did not dissent from the committee’s findings that Iraq apparently asked about buying yellowcake uranium from Niger…Time and again, ‘‘Joe Wilson’’ told anyone who would listen that the president had lied to the American people, that the vice president had lied, and that he had ‘debunked’ the claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa. . . . [N]ot only did he NOT ‘debunk’ the claim, he actually gave some intelligence analysts even more reason to believe that it may be true.’’ Roberts called it ‘‘important’’ for the committee to declare much of what Wilson said ‘‘had no basis in fact.’’ ‘‘In response, Democrats were silent.’’

8 Aug 2005 ’’U.S. soldiers stormed into a warehouse in Mosul, Iraq, on August 8, 2005, and were surprised to’’ find 1,500 gallons of chemical agents. ‘‘It was the largest chemical weapons lab found in Iraq.’’ ‘‘Monday’s early morning raid found 11 precursor agents’’, ‘‘some of them quite dangerous by themselves,’’ a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Steven A. Boylan, said in Baghdad.

More on this: ‘‘There is no evidence,’’ Mr. Miniter intoned, ‘‘of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. No evidence. None. Zero. The only problem is that’s not true.’’ He then cited a 2004 Department of Energy operation that recovered 1.77 metric tons of enriched ‘‘uranium’’ in Iraq. Additionally there is the case of a roadside bomb found in Iraq that contained illegal chemicals, including the fatal nerve agent, ‘‘Sarin’’. The author qualifies his comments by proclaiming, ‘‘I’m not saying vast stockpiles have been found…I’m not saying there’s a grand central warehouse. That hasn’t been found.’’ “However, insisting that no weapons have been found, according to Mr. Miniter, is simply a factual error.” The US has revealed that it removed more than 1.7 metric tons of radioactive material’’ from Iraq in a secret operation last month.

  • 08 Nov 2005 ‘‘I have to apologize for not keeping this up to date. It’s the whole Army thing. I’ve been busy. So here’s a new entry: Carl Levin: ‘‘LEVIN: I think basically they decided immediately after 9/11 to go after Saddam. They began to–look there’’ was plenty of evidence that Saddam had nuclear weapons, by the way. That is not in dispute. There is plenty of evidence of that’’.’’

December 2005 ‘‘Contrary to how its findings were summarized in the mainstream media, the committee’s report explicitly concluded that ‘‘al Qaeda did in fact have a cooperative, if informal, relationship with Iraqi agents working under Saddam’’. The report of the bipartisan 9/11 commission came to the same conclusion, as did a comparably independent British investigation conducted by Lord Butler, which pointed to ‘‘meetings . . . between senior Iraqi representatives and senior al-Qaeda operatives.’’ Contrary to how its findings were summarized in the mainstream media, the ‘‘committee’s report explicitly concluded that al Qaeda did in fact have a cooperative, if informal, relationship with Iraqi agents working under Saddam.’’ The report of the bipartisan 9/11 commission came to the same conclusion, as did a comparably independent British investigation conducted by Lord Butler, which pointed to meetings . . . between senior Iraqi representatives and senior al-Qaeda operatives.

‘‘Has any element of the intelligence community made progress in getting answers to the following questions:’’

  • Who were the ‘‘al Qaeda members’’?
  • Who were the ‘‘Iraqi intelligence’’ officials?
  • Who were members of the ‘‘Iraqi delegation’’?
  • Zawahiri ‘‘had ties of his own to the Iraqis.’’ Who were they?
  • Who were the ‘‘Iraqi officials’’?
  • Who were the Bin Laden ‘‘aides’’?

This article lays out evidence of WMD found in Iraq and much more telling information regarding the war against terrorism.

Perhaps those who doubt the existence of WMD in Iraq will respond to these articles by saying something like, ‘‘Yes, some have been found, but we have not warehouses full of WMD.’’ If they are looking for quantity, then I suggest piling all the WMD that ‘‘have been located’’ in one pile, taking a very nice picture and being done with this ridiculous denial! Of course, this would damage the careers of established media and political figures that appear to have a vested interest in a lack of WMD material being discovered. Has sarin nerve gas been discovered? Have Iraqi scientists come forward with positive testimony that they have participated in post-Desert Storm nuclear arms programs? Have WMD been discovered? Have arms inspectors delivered reports to the United Nations stating that they ‘‘have found WMD’’ in Iraq and abroad? Don’t let Franken confuse you with answers to very simple questions. Ask yourself why Dan Rather was dismissed from his job at 60 Minutes and you’ll soon discover that there is in fact a media bias against this war on terrorism.

‘‘Democrat Party Convinced of WMD in Iraq!’’

The following are helpful reminders of those in government who have been quite clear in their pursuit of Iraqi accountability on the issue of weapons of mass destruction. While there has been no apology for their claims, if wrong, those listed below should at least explain why they were wrong…and the argument is not helped by blaming President Bush for their decisions and statements.

The mighty contingent of left-wing liberalism has one mantra: Bushlied™. Examples: 1) Republican: ‘‘Bill had sex with Monica.’’ Democrat: ‘‘Bushlied.’’ 2) R: ‘‘Clinton attacked quite a few countries without UN leadership.’’ D: ‘‘Bushlied.’’ 3) R: ‘‘Bill Clinton was impeached and disbarred.’’ D: ‘‘He had sex with a lot of women though!’’

‘‘Bushlied’’ is the defensive, one-worded left hook the Left uses to wiggle out of answering the question on where they gottheir information. Certainly, President Clinton did not receive his intel from the ‘‘Bush Dynasty.’’ Did Madeline Albright rely on President Bush for information two years before he even got close to the White House?

How is it possible for all these Democrats to have absolute conviction of Iraq WMD and that’s OK. It’s even alright for them not to apologize for bringing us to hostile action with Iraq. Yet, somehow, in a strange quirk, it’s not OK for George Bush to believe the same thing, but actually follow through with the rhetoric. How is that not acceptable?

  • “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.’’ ‘‘–President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
  • ’’If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.’’ ‘‘–President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998’’
  • ’’Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.” –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
  • ’’He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.’’ –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
  • ’’[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.’’ –Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998
  • ’’Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.’’ –Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
  • ’’Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.” –Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
  • ’’There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.“ –Letter to President Bush, signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL) and others, Dec, 5, 2001
  • ’’We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them.” –Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19, 2002’’
  • ’’We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.“ –Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
  • ’’Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.’’ –Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
  • ’’We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” –Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
  • ’’The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclearweapons…“ –Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
  • ’’I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force– if necessary– to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.” –Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
  • ’’There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.’’ ‘‘–Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
  • “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do.” –Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
  • ’’In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members… It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.“ –Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 1, 2002
  • ’’We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.’’ –Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
  • ’’[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction… So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…” –Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 20031)

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