Bush Didn’t Lie, The Media Lied
The DOD lied and Bush’s handlers lied. Bush and the CIA told the truth. As I reported at the time, there really was W-M-D…
By de Andréa
December 2, 2014
Before and after the invasion of Iraq with Operation Iraqi Freedom, I wrote several articles (Here is one of them in 2008) proving with the available Intel that in fact Saddam Hussein did indeed have WMD. But for the most part, because of the communist news agencies, it fell on deaf dumb and blind minds. In one of the articles I showed photos of Saddam’s military, moving caravans of trucks to Syria and they weren’t loaded with camel dung my friend.
Now years after OIF, Operation Iraqi Freedom, some of our military are showing up in VA hospitals after initially being turned away, now with the long term effects of Saran, and mustard gas poisoning.
Moreover, new media accounts — including coverage by NRO’s Patrick Brennan — confirm what I repeatedly have written since the depths of Operation Iraqi Freedom: The late dictator Saddam Hussein did in fact have weapons of mass death and destruction, and the United States of America was correct to invade Iraq, find these toxins, and destroy them. Also vital: padlocking this Baathist general store for militant-Islamic terrorism. Some of the WMD that was moved to Syria was later used by King Assad of Syria against the rebel forces.
While the criminal liberal Communist-American press gently slept, evidence continued to mount that Hussein still had WMDs, though perhaps not in quantities that would bulge warehouses.
“Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain somewhat degraded mustard or saran nerve agent,” states a June 21 declassified summary of a report from the National Ground Intelligence Center. “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.”
It turns out that — based on open sources — I vastly underestimated the size of Hussein’s stockpiles of deadly devices.
In this story’s first outrage, it now transpires that Hussein had some 5,000 tank shells filled with saran nerve gas, mustard gas, and other lethal agents. This is roughly ten times the arsenal that I had earlier reported that he possessed. Had I access to more accurate information back then, my pieces would have reflected the depth of Hussein’s supplies of these munitions.
Even these recent news stories overlook yet another discovery from 2004: The U.S. Department of Energy and the Pentagon removed 1.77 metric tons of low-enriched uranium from Iraq “that could potentially be used in a radiological dispersal device or diverted to support a nuclear weapons program,” according to a DOE press release. This development was almost totally overlooked by the entire press corps, except for The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, author Richard Miniter, and yours truly.
Team Bush’s near-silence about Saddam Hussein’s 3,894 pounds of uranium alone points to this story’s second outrage: the Bush administration’s phenomenally flaccid response to its most vociferous detractors on the WMD question.
Then-president George W. Bush’s critics used the most bitter and vicious tones to accuse him of deceiving America and the world about weapons of mass death. “Bush lied, people died” was the Left’s relentlessly repeated anti-Bush indictment. The liberal fever swamps were rife with theories that Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their pals at Halliburton concocted the WMD charges from thin air. Why? To justify a U.S. invasion in order to seize Iraq’s oil fields. Lifting sanctions and simply letting Iraq’s oil flow must have been too much trouble.
The notion that Operation Iraqi Freedom rested upon a giant foundation of even bigger lies severely damaged the reputations of the United States of America, Bush, the conservative movement, and the GOP — the latter two of which tended to support the Iraq invasion. (So did then-senators Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and John Kerry, and 108 other congressional Democrats at the time, although most later lied, turned tail, and pretended never to have voted to attack Iraq.)
Amid this wholesale meltdown of domestic and international public opinion, the Bush administration inexplicably and unforgivably yielded to the architects in Bush’s political operation and sat on this treasure trove of exculpatory evidence. In fact, Bush did not’ lie about WMDs. They really existed — and in enormous amounts. Moreover, they were sitting in the Iraqi desert, some making it to the Syrian dessert before OIF broke out with the shock and awe that we witnessed over Bagdad. Now we find out that discoveries of the WMD has been making U.S. GIs physically ill. (In yet another cover-up and outrage, 17 soldiers reportedly were denied the medical attention or subsequent commendations that they deserved for handling these poisons. They also were told to clam up about what they saw.)
It is outrageous that the Pentagon and, apparently, Bush’s political team concealed proof that America’s chief casus belli actually existed. Instead, the howling hyenas of the Left were allowed to gnaw away at Bush’s political corpse.
Why did anyone involved in this disaster think that this would be good for America domestically or globally? How thick were the skulls of Bush’s political advisers not to see the importance of presenting this information amid deafening shouts that the president and those of us who supported Operation Iraqi Freedom were just a pack of war mongers and filthy liars?
Anyone who aided and abetted this extremely destructive cover-up should be removed immediately and barred permanently from government agencies, political campaigns, and party organizations, and then brought up on charges of mandamus.
The third and most frightful outrage here is that some 2,500 of these canisters of nerve gas and mustard gas remained in Iraq. Rather than implement a policy of “No WMD Left Behind,” roughly half of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs were cast adrift in Iraq. But remember “they didn’t exist.”
And now my friend, they are in the so-called humane and prudent hands of the peaceful Islamic State.
Some experts now say that these deadly weapons have degraded and pose no threat to anyone. You know what I think of so-called experts… We should have these so-called experts go out there in the sand and dig up these harmless weapons.
At any time, the Islamic State can use these weapons against American and allied targets in the Middle East or anywhere else. If they detonate them and they work, or even slightly work, hundreds or thousands could be killed in an agonizing death.
Then again, they or their comrades in the Jihadist International could strap these artillery shells to sticks of dynamite and threaten to explode them. While the saran and mustard gas might be somewhat inert, which’ mayor, governor, prime minister, or president could bank on that? Such uncertainty would give the Islamic State tremendous leverage: “Obey our demands, or those sticks of dynamite will become a cloud of nerve gas.”
THE BOTTOM LINE: So now we learn that Bush did not lie, but the mantra continues. There will likely never be a media report on this because it was the media that willingly perpetuated the lie of this criminal government cover-up.
In a wisted act of self-mutilation, Bush’s Administration severely wounded itself and America by hiding the abundant evidence that would have silenced Bush’s and the USA’s loudest and harshest opponents and enemies. Even worse, are these “imaginary” weapons — that proved to be all too real — were abandoned in the sands of Syria and Iraq for the Islamic State terrorists to now adopt as their own.
And, before Obama prematurely withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq, he did nothing to fix any of this. I think this is by design, what do you think???
From the Euphrates to the Potomac, this is nothing short of governmental criminal malpractice at the very least, and treason at the very most.
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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