Sunday, October 24, 2004

The Duelfer Report: What the MSM is NOT Reporting

The Duelfer report has been manipulated by the media to help John Kerry. What a surprise! This however is very sad. Sad because we are a nation at war. A war with an enemy that is unprecedented, for our enemy loves death. Read about how Europe does not understand the enemy here. (A must read and deserves its own post!) Fortunately some of the truth is making its way out to the media. Here (Hat tip: Instapundit) is a great column that everyone should read in its entirety. Here's some:
The Duelfer report confirmed that Saddam had no stocks of weapons of mass destruction, no active programs of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons. In short, Saddam was a diminishing threat. But there is more to this simple headline. There is, in fact, a much darker side, and here it is:
Saddam wanted to re-create Iraq's banned weapons programs, including nuclear weapons.

Saddam was determined to develop ballistic missiles and tactical chemical weapons when the U.N. sanctions were either lifted or corroded.

Saddam retained the industrial equipment to help restart these programs, having increased from 1996 to 2002 his military industrial spending 40-fold and his technical military research 80-fold. Even while U.N. weapons inspectors were in Iraq, Saddam's scientists were performing deadly experiments on human guinea pigs in secret labs.

To what end? The overlooked section of the Duelfer report could not have put it any clearer: "Iraq would have been able to produce mustard agents in a period of months and nerve agent in less than a year or two." While Saddam had abandoned his biological weapons programs, he retained the scientists and other technicians "needed to restart a potential biological weapons program," and he "intended to reconstitute long-range delivery systems [that is, missiles] and . . . the systems potentially were for WMD." These conclusions were based on interviews with Saddam Hussein, his closest advisers, and his weapons scientists, along with the kind of industrial equipment the Iraqi government imported and maintained. (/snip)(emphasis mine)
Remember folks, we decided to go to war with Iraq in a post 9/11 world. During this time, Russian intelligence called our respective agency and reported that they had information that Saddam wanted to attack and kill American abroad and in the United States. Remember the logic, Bush is criticized for not foreseeing the 9/11 attacks even though he had no specific information, but when Russia calls up and says, 'Oh, by the way, Saddam is actively plotting to kill Americans wherever they may be.", Bush was suppose to ignore this. What would have been the outcry from the Left if Saddam would have been ignored, like he had been the previous 8 years, and was successful with an attack in a post-9/11 atmosphere? I think I know.
Yes, America was wrong about Saddam's weapons stockpiles and programs. But the Duelfer report makes it clear that the sanctions were increasingly ineffective and that Saddam would simply bide his time, waiting until the sanctions were either ended or eroded while turning the U.N. Oil-for-Food program into an $11 billion slush fund to buy influence among several key U.N. members, including France, China, and Russia. With the complicity of the U.N. officials allegedly involved in Saddam's Oil-for-Food bribery scheme, can there be any doubt that the sanctions would have eventually disappeared?
The French worked at every turn to frustrate efforts to hold Saddam's feet to the fire. A French legislator even told an Iraqi intelligence official that Paris would veto any U.N. resolution authorizing war against Iraq. In fact, France threatened to do just that. But for what, exactly? Iraq's deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, told Duelfer that "French oil companies wanted to secure two large oil contracts." National bribery on top of individual bribery--now, that's something you don't see every day. (/snip) (emphasis mine)

Remember, these are the countries that Kerry wants to cozy up to. These countries don't care one bit about my security, your security or anyone elses. These countries were whores for Saddam. Plain and simple. And I don't care if they are mad at the US for the next thousand years or more. It is their economies that are failing, their socialized medicine that are killing their own people. Anyone who wants to appease terrorists and have nationalized healthcare needs to simply move to those countries and enjoy the utopia over there!
What stopped Saddam was the will of a few strong-minded leaders who believed in a more forceful response than simply joining hands and singing "Kumbaya." (emphasis mine)

"Kumbaya" - this word is perfect for Kerry's Foreign Policy plan. The problem is, the consequences of getting bribed countries to like us may have grave consequences for others. You know, other countries that are supportive of America.

One last question. When exactly was the last terrorist attack on American soil? Maybe the terrorists got bored with us and are no longer interested in killing Americans.....Or maybe GWB has been doing some things that have protected all of us. Maybe.