Ummmm...I read the document. Still waiting for the tears to well up.
So I read:
"Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market."
MY GOD! THE WMD'S HAVE BEEN FOUND!
"Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons" is Honduran Death Squad
Negroponte's euphemism for "chemical weapons we gave Saddam during the Reagan administration."
Trying to conflate the term "Pre Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons" with Weapons of Mass Destruction is a desperate ploy to save face.
It's like when Bush changed his terminology back in the day to soften his shrill rhetoric from 'reconstituted nuclear weapons program' to 'WMD-related program activities" when it was obvious the threat just wasn't there.
SO we look at Bush quotes on WMD's leading up to his invasion of Iraq:
"Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof - the smoking gun - that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud,"
Unusable chemical munitions that Reagan sold Saddam in the 80's were not "clear evidence of peril". Degraded mustard gas does not cause a "mushroom cloud".
"Saddam Hussein . . . is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear weapon,"
Ah, there's the WMD's. Too bad there was no program to develop nuclear weapons. Now, if this information were uncovered that
would be something.
"The regime . . . has aided, trained and harbored terrorists, including operatives of al Qaeda. The danger is clear: using chemical, biological or, one day, nuclear weapons, obtained with the help of Iraq, the terrorists could fulfill their stated ambitions and kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our country, or any other."
Again, lies. Zarqawi was the only connection. Saddam repeatedly resisted the overtures of Al Qaeda. Zarqawi was operating in an area well outside Saddam's iron fisted, O'Reilly endorsed, control (read recent statements where he just loves
how Saddam controlled Iraq).
"The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group he calls his "nuclear mujahideen" - his nuclear holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons."
From Bush's own mouth. The WMD's were NUCLEAR WEAPONS. The urgent fear was the potential of Iraq to give Al Qaeda NUCLEAR WEAPONS. The smoking gun is a MUSHROOM CLOUD. Iraq had no connection with Al Qaeda. No evidence of Iraq trying to buy aluminum tubes that could be used for centrifuge. Iraq had no
nuclear weapons program of any substance. And you righties whine and *beep* that Fox News again repeated the existence of pre-gulf war chemical weapons which Reagan sold to Saddam as some sort of vindication
? Excuse me as I snort milk out of my nose.
As Judge Judy would say, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." We knew he had some nasty weapons left over from Reagan's garage sale. They were not WMD's. That was not the imminent danger that we dedicated thousands of American lives, spent hundreds of billions of dollars, and killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi women and children for.
Chemical and biological weapons were used repeatedly in the mantra leading up to Bush's Iraq invasion, not because they truly were the WMD's that presented an immediate threat, but because they bolstered and buttressed the point the Bushies were trying to make. They were yet another piece of "evidence" to pile on. It was the "everything and the kitchen sink" technique, throwing anything they could out there that created suspicion and supported the fact that Saddam was a bad, mean man. They conflated chemical and biological weapons with WMD's, not because they actually are, but because it was politically expedient and much easier to prove Saddam had these weapons. Since the conservatives gave them to him.
So through simple repitition, the more gullible bought the line that chemical and bio weaponry were somehow the WMD's in question. They were not. It was the threat of Saddam getting nuclear weapons and giving them to our terrorist enemies, Bush's claim Saddam had an "active program to acquire and develop nuclear weapons." End of story. Turns out to be false. Deal with it.
The minute evidence they did find was not remotely close to the claims Bush made. If you recall, he said Saddam had VX, sarin, cyclosarin, smallpox, anthrax, botulism...
The American people certainly would not have supported going to war if Bush had framed the issue honestly. "Well, my daddy might have helped Saddam get nasty chemical and biological weapons back in the 80's, and even though there's no real connection between Iraq and the terrorists of 9/11, and thus no imminent threat to us due to this lack of such a connection, we better take Saddam out just in case. Oh and he might someday get WMD's. And by that I mean nuclear weapons. But no proof of a connection between him and the terrorists any more than Kim Jong Ill or the leaders of Pakistan, both of whom already
have nuclear weapons they could give to the Al Qaeda." But that would have been an honest framing of the issue. Can't have that. No sirree.
It reminds me of Deal or No Deal, where the contestant is doing all they can, everything in their power to go for the big money, the million dollars, but as the game progresses and it's turning out that they played the game incompetently, seeing 300,000 slip out of their hands for 100,000, seeing that disappear and replaced with 50,000, and that dwindling to a measly 2,000, and then finally settling for the 10,000 offer which isn't quite near the One Million they'd hoped for. Then they have to put on their game face and claim they're satisfied with the 10 grand. That's what conservatives and the Bush administration are doing right now with WMD's. Having failed, they'll take what they can get.