For the purpose of disarming the widespread misconception that Bush lied, read the truth in these two sheepish walk-backs by the Washington post: The CIA operative, Mrs. Plame, was outed by her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson. From 2004: “Wilson’s assertions — both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information — were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report. The panel found that Wilson’s report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson’s assertions and even the government’s previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush’s January 2003 State of the Union address.” Input Is Cited on Niger Mission
Report Disputes Wilson’s Claims on Trip, Wife’s Role
http:/www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39834-2004Jul9.html/ …and here’s the sheepish admission from the Washington Post that further vindicates Bush and his staff: Note the coy headline - hiding the blockbuster gravity of the news that embarrassed the paper - and the countless millions who still mistakenly think Bush lied. From 2006: “… it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson [Plame’s husband]. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.” End of an affair
http:/www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/31/AR2006083101460_pf.html …and regarding yellowcake and other materials removed from Iraq by the US after the 2nd invasion: “The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” — the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment — was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions.” Secret US mission hauls uranium from Iraq
Last major stockpile from Saddam’s nuclear efforts arrives in Canada
http:/www.nbcnews.com/id/25546334/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/secret-us-mission-hauls-uranium-iraq/#.UVvlwWt5mSM “But WikiLeaks’ newly released Iraq war documents reveal that for years afterward, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins and uncover weapons of mass destruction (emphasis added). … Chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict – and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.” WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq – With Surprising Results
http:/www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/10/wikileaks-show-wmd-hunt-continued-in-iraq-with-surprising-results ….that last sentence from the Wired article quote is what concerns me about the terrorist rebels in Syria. I don’t think Assad gassed his own people. If he didn’t, where did the rebels get the WMDs? Saddam is alleged to have moved WMDs to Syria just prior to the US invasion. Or, the rebels could have materials that were obtained after the invasion and are now surfacing in this new conflict.