Thursday, June 22, 2006

And I Quote: "Hundreds of WMDs Found in Iraq"

"The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered..."

"...Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."(source)

Read declassified portion of the NGIC report

CNN hasn't seemed to have picked up the story yet (their lead story of course is "Marines file murder charges"), but Kim Jong Il's "North Korea Times" took and interesting spin...

Fox News trumpets Iraq weapons discovery
"The powerful U.S.-based Fox News Channel is saturating its news coverage Wednesday with reports weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq.
Two Republican senators have obtained declassified documents which show 500 shells containing degraded sarin and mustard gas were found three years ago." (source)

The few left-leaning sites that have acknowledged this report are claiming "they aren't the WMDs we went to war for"... Is there a WMD distinction I am unaware of?

This doesn't "validate" or "justify" the war for me --I don't need a huge WMD cache to do that. The Clinton Administration, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, The U.N. and the French, German and British intelligence agencies all made the case before we went in (even if they've since had amnesia about that little fact).

Al Sharpton claims he will apologize for all his "Bush lied" accusations if the document is correct... I wonder how many others would follow? I’m guessing they could find nukes and a diagram of the White House in Iraq and no apologies would be forthcoming...

(For More, Go check out Alex C.'s comprehensive rundown of the story and the blogs posting about it. )

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