I, for one, sure am glad that we were able to survive that eeeeeeeeevil Bushitler regime. They led us to war in Iraq on a bed of lies about involvement with Al-Qaida and WMD’s.
Before the consensus is written in stone, it is worth going over the evidence collected since the removal of the Saddam regime. Leaving aside the fact that he slaughtered more than a million of his own people and was prone to launching unprovoked wars against his neighbors — both good reasons for his violent removal — what threat did Saddam actually pose?
Saddam was just a little pussycat minding his own business. Those evil Kurds went and gassed themselves just to give him a black eye.
Several years ago, the press had a field day when two suspected mobile bio-labs, presented at the U.N. as evidence of Saddam’s continuing WMD development programs, actually turned out to be weather-balloon stations. That same press, however, then ignored the fact that postwar investigators found five actual mobile bio-labs in and around Baghdad. One of these labs was discovered in a mosque, which had been placed off-limits to prewar U.N. inspectors. Another was found in Baghdad’s Central Public Health Laboratory. One can imagine the anguished cries from the Left if we had bombed what the Iraqis claimed was a public-health facility. Saddam even had a huge bio-warfare production facility masquerading as the Samarra Drug Company. This facility would have been capable of producing up to 10,000 liters of deadly pathogens a year. It was less than a month from going into production when the invasion of Iraq began. If this plant had turned its attention to botulinum toxin, it could have produced enough in a few months to wipe out the world. Again, how would bombing a plant that Saddam would claim was producing life-saving drugs have played in the media?
Unfortunately, the media would have had a field day. They were so intent on ridding us of the stain of our selected-not-elected president that they would have eagerly swallowed anything that Saddam and his faithful minion Baghdad Bob would have given them.
But still, they weren’t really working on anything, right? Once they had seen the light, they confined their interest to basic research and nothing else.
In 1991, Saddam moved all of his WMD specialists out of government labs and into universities, once again making them off-limits to inspectors and coalition bombers. According to documents discovered after the war, by 1997 the number of university “instructors” doing solely WMD work numbered 3,300, with another 700 to 800 dispatched to WMD-related facilities to help with technical problems. Between 1996 and 2002 — the eve of the invasion — spending on WMD projects increased 40-fold, and the number of specific projects increased from 40 to 3,200. Top officials captured after the collapse of the regime repeatedly told investigators that Saddam’s WMD projects were in overdrive and ready to go into production the moment sanctions were lifted.
I’m personally satisfied that the Iraqis were only working on peaceful research into insecticides and herbicides to help their agriculture industry feed the people.
The article talks about nuclear and biological weapons, but they couldn’t have been working on those. Saddam told us so.
Besides, the recent silence on the war in Iraq & Afghanistan proves that Bushitler was up to no good. Why else would all the war protesters suddenly go home?
Could it have been that they were less anti-war than more simply on the other side?