Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Who Lied Now?

According to this article from the NY Times, even Saddam's own generals were shocked to learn that he had no WMD's.
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"The Iraqi dictator was so secretive and kept information so compartmentalized that his top military leaders were stunned when he told them three months before the war that he had no weapons of mass destruction, and they were demoralized because they had counted on hidden stocks of poison gas or germ weapons for the nation's defense."
So, Saddam was lying to the world in hopes of detouring war. Letting them believe that he had weapons that he would use. Everyone thought he did, even his own generals who're with him every day thought he did. But George W. Bush was the only person in the world who knew he didn't? This "moron" somehow knew what nobody else did and purposely lied about it so he could go to war? I see.

However, I will say this. Bush did make a huge mistake. He made it clear that his main reason for going into Iraq was because of WMD's. He should have covered all his bases and gave a few more reasons. Lord knows there were plenty.

On the second page of the article it talks about how Saddam was trying to avoid war.
"To ensure that Iraq would pass scrutiny by United Nations arms inspectors, Mr. Hussein ordered that they be given the access that they wanted. And he ordered a crash effort to scrub the country so the inspectors would not discover any vestiges of old unconventional weapons..."
But there's was a problem.
"Mr. Hussein's compliance was not complete, though. Iraq's declarations to the United Nations covering what stocks of illicit weapons it had possessed and how it had disposed of them were old and had gaps. And Mr. Hussein would not allow his weapons scientists to leave the country, where United Nations officials could interview them outside the government's control"
So he wasn't cooperating too much. And this piece also forgets to mention that Saddam was giving the inspectors the run around. When they would demand to be given access to an area he try to delay it as much as he could and sometimes actually refused them the access.

I also like the way these reporters, Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor, keep referring to Saddam as Mr. Hussein rather than murderous dictator. Mr. is used as a sign of respect. Says a lot about these two guys.
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Crazy Politico talks a little about this story. And he brings up a good point. I'm pretty sure they will find a way to dismiss this article... Well, they seem to be doing that already. This is a HUGE story and yet it hasn't got very much coverage. I wonder why?


Crazy Politico said...

Hey, I wrote a longer article on this, great catch on your part. I was too busy actually working today to get to read the times.

Anonymous said...

"and sometimes actually refused them the access"
Actually, by the end of it, he'd given them full access.

As to the generals and their lack of knowledge, I point to Tieneman square. How many Chinese know about that?

Anonymous said...

Actually, based off your new declassified documents, his generals DEFINITELY knew they didn't have WMDs:

Repeatedly in the transcripts, Saddam and his lieutenants remind each other that Iraq destroyed its chemical and biological weapons in the early 1990s, and shut down those programs and the nuclear-bomb program, which had never produced a weapon.