Monday, February 16, 2015

WMD in Iraq

Bush lied, people died ... except that he didn't.

It used to be that anti-Iraq War zealots hung their opposition to the war on the "fact" that Iraq had long ago destroyed its chemical weapons, so there was no need to go in and neutralize the regime. We heard this constantly, and the longer the war went on without an announcement that WMD had been discovered, the more the anti-Iraq War side crowed with glee.

Over time though, the "reason" for opposition to the war has changed, morphing into anyone of a number of themes centered around "We don't nation build" or "It's a war for oil".

The "nation building" theme is intellectually sound, and has indeed resonated with a much larger slice of Westerners than just the anti-war left, while the "war for oil" canard has grown tiring ... becoming the sole territory of old hippies, university leftist-pablum fed youths,  and the intellectually lazy.  Someone forgot to tell them that the world is awash in non-Middle Eastern oil ... so much so that the industry is experiencing a glut and is now locked in a game of oil production chicken.  Launching massive wars for "pipelines" and oil fields just doesn't make any sense financially nor logistically.

Nevertheless, one is left wondering if these sidesteps of the original "there are no WMD" outcry has anything to do with the real and genuine fact that WMD were indeed discovered in Iraq, and in numbers large enough to make any terrorist bent on reeking havoc salivate:

The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials.

The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets, one of the internationally condemned chemical weapons that Saddam Hussein’s Baathist government manufactured in the 1980s but that were not accounted for by United Nations inspections mandated after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

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