Political enemies of the war on terror continue with
their campaign of Lies.
Yesterday on "Meet the Press" it was pointed out this
verbiage in the New York TImes.
The New York Times contained these quotes:
Frank Rich in New York, let me start with
you and read for you and our viewers your
column from this very Sunday morning in
The New York Times: Headline: "Karl and
Scooter's Excellent Adventure. For Mr.
Rove and Mr. Bush to get what they wanted
most, slam-dunk midterm election victories,
and for Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney to get what
they wanted most, a war in Iraq for reasons
predating 9/11, their real whys for going
to war had to be replaced by fictional, more
salable ones. We wouldn't be invading Iraq
to further Rovian domestic politics or neocon
ideology; we'd be doing so instead because there
was a direct connection between Saddam and Al
Qaeda and because Saddam was on the verge of
attacking America with nuclear weapons. The
facts and intelligence had to be fixed to create
these whys; any contradictory evidence had to
be dismissed or suppressed. ...Should Mr. Libby
and Mr. Rove have lied to investigators or a
grand jury in their panic, [Special Prosecutor
Patrick] Fitzgerald will bring charges. But
that crime would seem a misdemeanor ext to
the fables that they and their bosses fed the
nation and the world as the whys for invading Iraq."
As you see in this above quote, claim is made that the
Bush administration said "Saddam was on the verge of
attacking America with nuclear weapons." Claim was
made that the Bush team was proven to be liars since
no "nuclear weapons" were found after the war. This
trick of making up what Bush said, and then calling
him a liar for saying it is getting a little bit
old and I decided to go back and revisit this whole
history that led up to the invasion of Iraq and
what the real story was concerning Weapons of Mass
destruction, and what Bush said and didn't say.
Facts show "Bush lied" to be false and these facts that
prove it to be false were witnessed by millions.
To put this all in proper perspective here is
laid the background as it happened. All of the
following was well documented and witnessed by
(1) Iraq had chemical weapons and used them.
(2) Iraq had a nuclear weapons program and had successfully
enriched uranium, which is the toughest problem to
overcome when developing a nuclear bomb.
(3) After the first gulf war UN weapons inspectors were
sent to Iraq to verify that these programs were
dismantled. Dismantling involved destroying all chemical
weapons, ceasing any nuclear development program. Notice
that it was established after Gulf War I that Iraq did
not have the bomb but they did have a program to develop
one. The violation here was not that Iraq had nuclear
weapons, but that they were developing them, and this
program had to be given up as demanded by the UN.
(4) Before these inspections were finished and all dismantling
was proven, Iraq kicked UN inspectors out in defiance
of UN initiatives. After inspectors were kicked out
we could not investigate allegations of WMD, gas, or any
nuclear development program that might be successfully hidden.
(5) Bush became very worried about nuclear weapons in
particular in about Oct of 2001 and pushed to get a
solution that denied nukes to Saddam. As part of this
pushing for solution, Bush again brought up the accusations
that Iraq was hiding chemical weapons and a program to develop
nuclear weapons. This was brought up again because it had
never been allowed to finish resolution when Iraq kicked
inspectors out. The problem was not whether or not Bush
was lying, but that the UN inspections had never been
(6) Bush threatened war if Saddam did not let inspectors
back in and to pursue inspections that had been denied.
Threatening war and restating the accusations that had not
been ran to ground was necessary to get the program
restarted and finished. It was under the influence of
Colin Powell that this last UN effort be given a chance.
Bush and Cheney, it was reported, were under the impression
that any further UN action would not produce any results.
The Powell opinion won though and Bush agreed to one
more UN try. This was witnessed by millions as Collin
Powell and Bush made their case to the UN to finish
the uncompleted inspections. In any case, Bush agreed
to one more effort in the UN and threatened war if
Iraq did not comply with that effort.
(7) Being under the gun, Saddam let inspectors back in
and for a short time it appeared that things were going
okay. Iraq even appeared to be cooperating on any
chemical weapon enquiries. This could be why no chemical
weapons were found after the war. But remember enquiries
into chemical weapons was not why UN inspections failed
and why Iraq was invaded. Suddenly though a snag appeared,
and this snag was that Saddam would not let his nuclear
scientists be interviewed concerning any hidden nuclear
program. They could not be interviewed in a setting where they
could feel free from Saddam's boot on their head. This boot
was also on their family's head. This is a key point. If
Saddam had complied with UN inspectors and let his nuclear
scientists be interviewed properly, sanctions would have
worked. The hidden program would have surfaced. It would
have been effectively dismantled. He could still be there
today raping and killing until his heart was content. However
this program was important enough to him, that he refused
to let it be divulged. If it was that important, is it not
a reasonable conclusion that he wanted to continue it at
(8) When Saddam refused interview of his nuclear scientists
Bush was left with no intelligent conclusion other than
that Saddam was hiding a nuclear program. With the fear
of nuclear weapons could be developed by Saddam, Bush took
the action to invade.
(9) In review, the key point in all this is that the entire
situation in Iraq fell apart because Saddam refused interview
of his nuclear scientists and Bush took this to mean that
at some point Saddam was going to have nukes if not stopped.
The fact that no weapons ever turned up was beside the point.
It was never stated that Iraq had nuclear weapons, NEVER!
It was stated that he was probably hiding a nuclear weapons
program for development.
It was a fact witnessed by millions that UN inspections failed
exactly on the point that Iraq would not let their nuclear
weapons scientists be interviewed. UN inspections did not
fail because as some pretend, that Bush said Iraq had nuclear
weapons and he lied because none were ever found. UN
inspections failed because Iraq was hiding a nuclear weapons
program. These facts were all documented and reported at
the time and can still be found in old news reels, and
As it turned out, Saddam's nuclear program proved to be
real, not a lie of George Bush. Along about October of
2004 I watched interview on TV of Saddam's top nuclear
scientist. I believe it was on CNN. This scientist estimated
that Iraq would have got to build a bomb within 3 years if
they had not been stopped. He now lives in the US and his
book "The bomb in my garden" came out about that time and
is available from Amazon.com. This was one of the scientists
that Saddam had refused to be interviewed by the UN inspectors.
So Saddam knew exactly what he was doing when he stonewalled
the inspectors. This scientist also gave some details of
what all was buried in his yard awaiting the UN sanctions
to be lifted and inspectors leaving so that they could
get back to work on it. The book detailed Saddam's program
that idiots like Michael Moore were insisting did not exist,
and that Bush was a liar. Now this was in October of 2004
that the interview was on CNN and the book available,
written by Saddam's own nuclear scientist.
Enriching uranium is the key to making a bomb.
Many people can tell you how to make a bomb.
The problem is getting the enriched uranium.
Enriching uranium is monumental job and it
took Iraq many years of intensive effort by
a good number of people to figure it out and
when they were done that total knowledge base
was the treasure. This treasure was pretty
much the property of a scientist who had overseen
the problem and put all the pieces together
and he had a complete set of plans, instructions,
and blue prints that detailed this intellectual
treasure. This is an intellectual problem. It
is all in know-how. That know-how was buried with
over 200 manuals describing in detail how
to build the centrifuges. This know-how
was the result of many years of work by
Iraq and finally resulted in the successful
enrichment of uranium. This know-how with
complete details was what was buried and
awaiting digging up after attention died
out. This was all done in violation of the
UN sanctions and inspections. It was done
to keep Iraq's nuclear program alive. It
was the basis that made it true when Bush
said Iraq is working toward the bomb. It
was the key component of the latest UN inspections
failing. When the UN inspectors were denied
access to nuclear scientist for questioning
away from the control of Iraq it served as
proof that this program must be there and
hidden. When all this information became
known in 2004 it served as absolute proof
that Bush had been truthful when he said
that Iraq had a clandestine nuclear program.
I thought it would be appropriate to include some of
the comments made by Mahdi Obeidi that confirmed the
fact that Iraq hid their nuclear program, in violation
of UN sanctions. Mahdi was the top scientist on
developing the centrifuge that successfully enriched
uranium. The enriched uranium was confiscated but
the program to hide the centrifuge technology was
successfully hidden for many years. The centrifuge
is a key building block. If you can do the centrifuge,
you can build the bomb.
Concerning the detailed drawings, dimensions, blue prints
and instructions for making the centrifuges and the
prototypes buried in his garden Mahdi said this:
These drawings, documents, and prototypes represented the
accumulated knowledge of the Iraqi nuclear centrifuge
program. They were not actual weapons of mass destruction,
but they were probably the most valuable building blocks
for WMD that Iraq ever possessed. Saddam's son Qusay had
ordered me to keep them safe from inspectors in 1992,
and the Iraqi government concocted a story that they
had been destroyed by the security services.
Mahdi also gave details of how the scientists and their
families were threatened and never given free access to
the inspectors. In 1998 during the last attempts of
the UN inspectors to question nuclear scientists, The
closest the scientists ever came to being given free
access to inspectors required that Iraq get tape recordings
of the questioning, thereby letting the scientists know
that they could not divulge any thing secretly to
inspectors. At one time Scott Ritter questioned Mahdi
and he gave accounts of that. Scott Ritter as you may
recall was a tough inspector who became convinced at
one point that Iraq was not hiding anything. Here
is what Mahdi said of the Scott Ritter interview.
Then Mr Ritter turned his attention to me with a penetrating
"We're onto you" he said. "I know you're hiding things"
He was looking for any inch of hesitation. The image of the
documents and components buried in my garden flashed into
my mind. I knew what could happen to me and my family if
he were to get any hint that those secrets were buried there.
I went on the offensive as my best defense using what I knew
to be his weakness: his lack of knowledge in the nuclear
At the above point Mahdi was able to make some arguments
that sounded convincing enough that Ritter gave up and
later apparently believed Iraq was not hiding a program.
As final comments to his account of the Iraqi nuclear
program Mahdi had these things to say:
As I try to make sense of my past and put it in perspective,
one thing is clear. Although Saddam never had nuclear
weapons at his disposal, the story of how close Iraq came
to developing them should serve as red flag to the international
community. The threat of nuclear weapons is not going away.
........The centrifuge is the single most dangerous piece
of nuclear technology. Because it is the most efficient
and easiest method to hide, the centrifuge will
continue to be the preferred method for illicitly producing
bomb-grade uranium. With advances in centrifuge technology,
it is now possible to conceal a uranium enrichment program
inside a single warehouse.
For those interested in reading more about Saddam's nuclear
program this book is available at Amazon.com: