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Where are these so-called “Weapons

Where are these so-called “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?
The following quote is from Scott Ritter, former United States Marine, and also former Chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq until 1998. Interesting thoughts he shares:

“The threat that Iraq poses from weapons of mass destruction I think has been clearly exposed as a lie. We were told to expect chemical weapons to rain down on troops as soon as they crossed over the border from Kuwait into Iraq, but that didn’t happen. We were then told that as we closed in on the so-called ‘red line’ around Baghdad – the 50-mile circle – that as soon as we breached that, chemical weapons would be used. That didn’t happen. Then we said chemical weapons would be used as a last-gasp defence of Baghdad but that didn’t happen. What chemical weapons? We were told that the presidential palaces were brimming over with weapons of mass destruction, but we now occupy many of the presidential palaces and we’ve found nothing.”

“If Iraq were to have weapons of mass destruction today, they would have had to reconstitute a manufacturing base since 1998, since weapons inspectors left. No one has provided any information of a substantive nature that sustains that allegation. Clearly Iraq had the potential, they had time, they had four years between the time I left and other inspectors left in 1998 and the time that the new UNMOVIC inspectors returned in the fall of 2002.”

“I have clearly stated that Iraq could reconstitute a limited capability within six months, so the potential is there for Iraq to have done this, but that potential doesn’t automatically translate into reality, and we did have inspectors on the ground for almost four months, and they found nothing. Furthermore they investigated over a dozen sites highlighted by the Central Intelligence Agency as being prime suspects for producing weapons of mass destruction and they have found nothing.”

“The threat that Iraq poses from weapons of mass destruction I think has been clearly exposed as a lie. We were told to expect chemical weapons to rain down on troops as soon as they crossed over the border from Kuwait into Iraq, but that didn’t happen. We were then told that as we closed in on the so-called ‘red line’ around Baghdad – the 50-mile circle – that as soon as we breached that, chemical weapons would be used. That didn’t happen. Then we said chemical weapons would be used as a last-gasp defence of Baghdad but that didn’t happen. What chemical weapons? We were told that the presidential palaces were brimming over with weapons of mass destruction, but we now occupy many of the presidential palaces and we’ve found nothing.”

“If Iraq were to have weapons of mass destruction today, they would have had to reconstitute a manufacturing base since 1998, since weapons inspectors left. No one has provided any information of a substantive nature that sustains that allegation. Clearly Iraq had the potential, they had time, they had four years between the time I left and other inspectors left in 1998 and the time that the new UNMOVIC inspectors returned in the fall of 2002.”

“I have clearly stated that Iraq could reconstitute a limited capability within six months, so the potential is there for Iraq to have done this, but that potential doesn’t automatically translate into reality, and we did have inspectors on the ground for almost four months, and they found nothing. Furthermore they investigated over a dozen sites highlighted by the Central Intelligence Agency as being prime suspects for producing weapons of mass destruction and they have found nothing.”

It strikes me as kind of funny that the whole excuse used for justifying a pre-emptive attack on Iraq (the charge of massive amounts of Weapons of Mass Destruction) isn’t even being talked about anymore. It’s like the Bush administration is trying to sweep it all under the rug. Oh well, just my little observation. Read the entire interview here.

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April 10, 2003 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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