Saturday, June 04, 2011

A while back I got into an argument with some people

over the WMD in Iraq question; their side basically "I can't believe anyone still believes in that!" This despite the recent news of the last of more than 500 TONS of yellowcake uranium being removed from Iraq(you know, the stuff we'd been assured by that clown Wilson that Saddam didn't have?). I gave up on it; they were stuck in the "BUSH LIED!!!" theme.*

Well, ran across this today at Theo's place: Historical Revisionism, parts 1, 2, 3. Including
When former [Iraq Survey Group] weapons inspector [David] Kay reported to Congress in January [2004] that the United States had found "no stockpiles" of forbidden weapons in Iraq, his conclusions made front-page news. But when he detailed what the ISG had found in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last October, few took notice [my emphasis].

Among Kay's revelations, which officials tell Insight have been amplified in subsequent inspections in recent weeks:

• A prison laboratory complex that may have been used for human testing of BW agents and "that Iraqi officials working to prepare the U.N. inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the U.N." Why was Saddam interested in testing biological-warfare agents on humans if he didn't have a biological-weapons program?

• "Reference strains" of a wide variety of biological-weapons agents were found beneath the sink in the home of a prominent Iraqi BW scientist. "We thought it was a big deal," a senior administration official said. "But it has been written off [by the press] as a sort of 'starter set.'" [again, my emphasis]

• New research on BW-applicable agents, brucella and Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever, and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin that were not declared to the United Nations.
Yeah. Bush lied, etc. Uh huh.

I once told my daughter(and later a friend) "Someone wants to bitch and yell about Bush, fine; there's some things over which I'd like to kick him in the ass and ask "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?" But if you're going to bitch, at least bitch about real things, not made-up bullshit." Problem is, the lies and revisions took hold so well that an awful lot of people just don't know that some of what they're yelling about is bullshit(kind of like what's been done to Palin, for that matter).

*They didn't want to worry about that probable(we now know it was) nuclear site in Syria the Israelis bombed; "Gee, I wonder where the stuff came from; could it possibly be from-" was obviously a distraction from "BUSH LIED! For HALLIBURTON!!!" type stuff.

1 comment:

Last Chance Safari Company said...

have you seen the link to the arc gis that shows the history of a referenced area, in this case one of the weapons sites and then subsequesnt historical satelite shots show the disappearance of large industrial complex and then the current areafenced in that was inspected by the un folks and declared pathogen free.