Three interesting WMD stories today. First, as we all know Iraq dropped its nuclear weapons program thirteen years before Bush invaded:
Iraq abandoned plans to develop nuclear weapons in 1991 and had no usable weapons of mass destruction during last year’s U.S.-led invasion, according to the man who oversaw Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program.
“Everything was destroyed such that the program couldn’t be restarted at the time at all and never restarted,” Jafar Dhia Jafar said of Iraq’s nuclear plans on the BBC’s Newsnight program late on Wednesday.
Jafar, called the father of Iraq’s nuclear bomb program, said Saddam could have used biological and chemical weapons in the 1991 Gulf War but chose not to.
“They were not available in 2003 because they had been destroyed and the program was never reconstituted or reactivated, none of the programs,” he said.
Next, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says Bush Lied, People Died:
President George W. Bush’s administration “systematically” exaggerated the threats presented by Iraq’s suspected weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program, which were not an immediate threat to the United States and the Middle East, according to a report released by an influential Washington think-tank.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said that the United States also misrepresented the findings of U.N. weapons inspectors in a bid to justify its case for war against Iraq last year, and there was “no convincing evidence” Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear program.
Finally, I give you Richard Perle. Physicall, he’s in France. Mentally, he’s still on that big Egyptian river:
The chief U.S. hawk admitted the question of Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction remained “crucial” but voiced confidence that examples would be found.
“Rest assured we will discover the whole story of these arms and I am sure that we will soon physically find some.”