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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Iraq's WMD, The New York Times, and Hitch

Hat-tip to Little Green Footballs

I don't know about you, but when anyone uses the phrase "Bush Lied, People Died" or goes completely mental and states, "WMDs weren't in Iraq, man! This was all cooked up in Texas as an oil grab", I immediately reach for my personal taser device some aspirin. This is a clear indication of an ├╝berpartisan who isn't welll informed about actual events in Iraq, nor the stated policy goals of the US in the run-up to the war. Unfortunately, many of these folks seem to be in the Mainstream Media (MSM).

During and after the war, we did find:

  1. weapons which were in clear violation of Security Council Resolutions; and
  2. weapons programs which had been suspended but could have been resumed at a moments notice.
Chris Hitchens (my favorite socialist) has a great piece in Slate that touches on this very issue - where there's clear and compelling evidence that Iraq under Saddam was continuing or had the capability of continuing its WMD programs and that it was in violation of existing Security Council resolutions. It seems that the conventional wisdom about WMDs in Iraq is so cemented in the media elite/Left that even factual evidence to the contrary is unable to break its hold on their collective mind.
It was eye-rubbing to read of the scale of this potential new nightmare. There in cold print was the Al Hatteen "munitions production plant that international inspectors called a complete potential nuclear weapons laboratory." And what of the Al Adwan facility, which "produced equipment used for uranium enrichment, necessary to make some kinds of nuclear weapons"? The overall pattern of the plundered sites was summarized thus, by reporters James Glanz and William J. Broad:
The kinds of machinery at the various sites included equipment that could be used to make missile parts, chemical weapons or centrifuges essential for enriching uranium for atom bombs.
My first question is this: How can it be that, on every page of every other edition for months now, the New York Times has been stating categorically that Iraq harbored no weapons of mass destruction? And there can hardly be a comedy-club third-rater or MoveOn.org activist in the entire country who hasn't stated with sarcastic certainty that the whole WMD fuss was a way of lying the American people into war. So now what? Maybe we should have taken Saddam's propaganda seriously, when his newspaper proudly described Iraq's physicists as "our nuclear mujahideen."

My second question is: What's all this about "looting"? The word is used throughout the long report, but here's what it's used to describe. "In four weeks from mid-April to mid-May of 2003 … teams with flatbed trucks and other heavy equipment moved systematically from site to site. 'The first wave came for the machines,' Dr Araji said. 'The second wave, cables and cranes.' " Perhaps hedging the bet, the Times authors at this point refer to "organized looting."

But obviously, what we are reading about is a carefully planned military operation. The participants were not panicked or greedy civilians helping themselves—which is the customary definition of a "looter," especially in wartime. They were mechanized and mobile and under orders, and acting in a concerted fashion. Thus, if the story is factually correct—which we have no reason at all to doubt—then Saddam's Iraq was a fairly highly-evolved WMD state, with a contingency plan for further concealment and distribution of the weaponry in case of attack or discovery.
Read the whole thing...

Of course, this whole adventure in Iraq was a rovian conspiracy to show how illiberal the Left has become. As stated in the Victor Davis Hanson piece I commented on here, it was clear that the Left's transformation into it's current multi-cultural/post-modern state would never allow them to welcome the imposition of Western styles of government on "the Other" (sorry to use postmodern-gobbledygook terms)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler