Jun 8, 2003

“Ws” Monstrous Deception

Despite the recent disgrace suffered by the Guardian involving out of context quoting and Paul Wolfowitz, they come back today with two reports:
1) The first is most interesting. Those MOBILE LABS that “W” thought proved that the WMDs were had been found? The Observer has established that it is increasingly likely that the units were designed to be used for hydrogen production to fill artillery balloons, part of a system originally sold to Saddam by Britain in 1987.

Saddam's trucks were for balloons, not germs

2) The second report describes the “ bush fire that refuses to be stamped out, the flames of doubt are still licking around the 'coalition of the willing', drawing in the US, Australia and even Spain. But the way the allegations have caught fire in the US is all the more extraordinary, since the Bush administration - unlike the Government of Tony Blair - has not had to rely on the existence or not of weapons of mass destruction as a casus belli, committed as the US was to a policy of regime change in Iraq.
What is driving them, as much as a desire to find out the truth, is a desire to limit the huge influence and power that has been accumulated by the Pentagon and the coterie of hawks gathered around Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, which many fear is now dominating America's relations with the rest of the world.”
This description portends a rift in the coalition of the willing.

Weapons of self-delusion?

3) These words spell trouble for the WMD witch hunt. It seems the weapons research moved to small houses in 1996 to keep capability alive but no weapons were produced after 1996.
An unnamed general in charge insisted that search teams would find no weapons. "I challenge anyone in Iraq, from north to south, to find anything," he said.
According to the general, a research program was set up in 1996 with members of the Mukhabarat intelligence agency and the Special Security Organization. "The orders came directly from Saddam, what we called a red order, and his words were we must keep the victory going," he said. "We did small trials, experiments in basements or rooms. From the outside nobody would guess. But because of these cells we could start up production again very easily."
The existence of the program was confirmed by Dr Ala Saeed, who was head of quality control at the Al-Muthanna State Establishment, Iraq's main chemical weapons complex.

Saddam's chemical labs 'made no weapons'

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