Thursday :: Oct 2, 2003

Guess What? No WMDs

by Steve

Stop me if you have heard this one before, but David Kay is telling Congress that they haven’t found any WMDs in Iraq yet, although W wants to spend another $600 million looking for that pony in a pile of horse manure.

The U.S-led team hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has not found any stockpiles of biological or chemical weapons, but will keep searching the country, CIA adviser David Kay said on Thursday.

The team has also not found any evidence to confirm pre-war reporting that Iraqi military was prepared to use chemical warfare against U.S.-led forces.
"Despite evidence of Saddam's continued ambition to acquire nuclear weapons, to date we have not uncovered evidence that Iraq undertook significant post-1998 steps to actually build nuclear weapons or produce fissile material," Kay said.

Any actual biological or chemical weapons or material was likely to be small, with the bulkiest items able to fit in the space of a two-car garage, he said.

Really? Doesn’t quite square with Rummy, Rice’s, and Cheney’s claims of vast stockpiles, does it?

(M)ultiple sources have told the team that "Iraq did not have a large, ongoing, centrally controlled CW (chemical warfare) program after 1991," Kay said. And information found so far suggests that Iraq's large-scale capability to develop and produce and fill new chemical warfare weapons was "reduced -- if not entirely destroyed."

Kay concluded that "whatever we find will probably differ from pre-war intelligence. Empirical reality on the ground is, and has always been, different from intelligence judgments that must be made under serious constraints of time, distance and information."

In other words, Kay just blew up Bush’s rush to war and claim of an imminent threat. This only hangs Bush and confirms that a rush to war based on hearsay and four-year old data, rather than waiting to gather first-hand intelligence from UN inspectors already in the country dealing with an “Empirical reality on the ground” was not only unwarranted and probably illegal, but has directly resulted in ongoing casualties every day.

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