Wednesday, July 21, 2004

New ISG Report Will Support Weapons Claims

The new report by the ISG, currently headed by Charles Duelfer, is said to contain new information that supports the intelligence presented by both President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair (as well as John Kerry, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and scores of other politicians) before the war in Iraq. Senator John Warner made this statement to the press after being briefed on the findings of the ISG:

"I'm not suggesting dramatic discoveries," Warner told reporters, but "bits and pieces that Saddam Hussein was clearly defying" international restrictions, "and he and his government had a continuing interest in maintaining the potential to shift to production of various types of weapons of mass destruction in a short period of time."

He also stated that the report contains a "great deal of new information" that covers weapons that predate the first Gulf war as well as information regarding what he was doing the past few years. The report was initially due to be released this summer, but will now be released in September.

It seems more and more obvious that the reason no stockpiles have been found is that Saddam Hussein removed them in the run-up to the war. He maintained the essential "ingredients" to weapons systems that would allow him to resume production at a time of his choosing. This is analogous to a bootlegger dismantling his operation upon hearing that he would be visited aby a "federal man", as used to happen quite often in certain parts of the country. The bootlegger would dismantle his operation and get rid of any "stockpiles" of moonshine. The authorities would visit, search the place, and find nothing illegal. All the pieces required to reconstitute the business were there, just not in a recognizable form. As soon as the coast was clear, the pieces would be put back together, and the moonshine would flow. It is a game that is as old as the hills. The problem is that the members of UN inspection teams had apparently never played it before, and Saddam Hussein took advantage of them.