Saddam’s nuclear ambitions: proven fact

On July 5, 2008, the Associated Press (AP) released a story titled:  “Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium from Iraq.”
 
   The opening paragraph is as follows:
 
   “The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program – a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium – reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two week
 airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.”

 Is this vindication for the Bush administration, which has been attacked  mercilessly by the liberal media and the far-left pundits on the  blogosphere? Were Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson liars? Now that it is proven that President Bush did not lie about Saddam’s nuclear ambitions, one would think the mainstream media would report the story. Find it here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25546334/

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  1. Nuclear Ambitions? The U.S. has nuclear ambitions. It’s been said before, but allow me to repeat this for the sake of emphasis: the U.S. is the only nation to ever use a nuclear weapon. Countries which seek to have ‘A’ nuclear weapon, as opposed to our many warheads, are justified in doing so. It’s called mutually assured destruction.

    At this point, however, it should be clear to the rest of the world that they have nothing to fear. The greatest empire to ever exist is on the decline financially, and that has been the ruin of all empires.

  2. Aging drums of “yellow cake” are hardly grounds for our invasion of Iraq.
    “A nation that can combine hostility with capability is a threat.” Where was the threat?

  3. No, this old article from July, 2008 article does NOT vindicate the Bush Administration. This article is just a report on the secrecy of the tardy U.S. removal from Iraq of yellowcake that has been there for 30 years or so. Your preface states: “Now that it is PROVEN that President Bush did not lie about Saddam’s nuclear ambitions, one would think the mainstream media would report the story.” Well, this “removal of yellowcake” project WAS reported in July throughout the media and is no big deal. It has been common knowledge about Iraq’s small nuclear testing facility built by the French in 1977 for $3 billion to expand the 1968 research atomic power station supplied by Russia. The reactor was damaged by an Iranian air strike in 1980 during the Iran-Iraq War, then crippled by Israeli aircraft in 1981 to prevent it from being used to create nuclear weapons. Iraq’s nuclear facility was completely destroyed by U.S. aircraft during the 1991 Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) including the American computers used there to run it. This yellowcake was probably just from storage there among the ruins and debris. All U.S. presidents prior to “Mission Accomplished” Dubya were very aware of Iraq’s “nuclear ambitions” as well as the international community and U.N., which did not prohibit any fledgling Iraqi nuclear projects.

    The U.N. inspection team under Hans Blix found NO WMDs or illegal weapons or active nuclear projects in Iraq before the American invasion in 2003. After the invasion, Bush and the C.I.A. handpicked the American scientist, David Kay, to head the Iraq Survey Group. This ISG team of a thousand Americans, Brits, and Australians searched Iraq in 2003 and 2004 and concluded that Saddam had ended the nuclear program there in 1991 when it was destroyed by American bombs. The ISG team also found NO WMDs after their 2 year $1 billion dollar search in Iraq. David Kay resigned in disgust in 2004 over pressure from Bush and the C.I.A. who were grasping at straws to find WMDs, nuclear weapons, etc. to justify the invasion and war. David Kay stated flatly that he did not believe WMD stockpiles would ever be found in Iraq. Here it is 2008 and still no WMDs have been located and this war has lasted longer than WWII. After no WMDs were found, ridiculous red herring propaganda trying to link Saddam to the 9/11 attacks increased. (Crazy as blaming Pearl Harbor on FDR.)
    Bottom Line: the Iraq War is a fraud perpetrated upon the American people by Bush and his henchmen. The primary American military effort and invasion should have been in Afghanistan to take out Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, etc.

  4. Jon I am surprised at your post. You have done a good job of disputing some information but it appears your perspective is biased. It is the information you have left out that is damning.

    First let’s address the ‘yellow cake’ uranium. The question not asked or addressed was ‘why it was still there?’ If Saddam had no nuclear capability what did he need with 500 lbs of yellow cake? Why did Saddam meet with Niger, in 1999? Niger only exports uranium ore, livestock, cowpeas, and onions, one doesn’t have to be an intelligence analyst to figure out in which one of those items the Iraqis might be interested.

    The 500lbs of yellow cake was tagged in 1992 by the IAEA. The Iraqis regularly impeded IAEA officials from carrying out even the most routine inspections made keeping track of the material extraordinarily difficult. It wasn’t until after the first Gulf War that we discovered Iraq had switched from a plutonium based weapon design to a highly enriched uranium design after the destruction of Osiraq. Jon, WMD’s are made from highly enriched uranium. Why else would Saddam have highly enriched uranium if he didn’t have the ability to produce nuclear power from it?

    I am astonished that you brought up Hans Blix and his inspection team. It is true they found no WMD’s in their inspections over the 3-month period prior to the US invasion in March 2003. The problem is the method of inspection, not to mention that 3 months is a short period of time. The inspection team would notify Iraq where they were going in ample time for Iraq to respond accordingly. If the inspection team wanted to inspect a site that Iraq was not comfortable having inspected there were problems getting the inspection team to that site. Again, it doesn’t take a logistics expert to realize why Iraq would delay an inspection. This delay tactic worked successfully in all the prior inspection attempts too. As always, Iraq under Saddam did the least possible to stay just within the line. The Hans Blix inspection team was ineffective and it is no surprise they found nothing.

    What you left out about Hans was his affiliation with the French and Russians. Hans was their hand picked choice to take the position after the initial choice of Rolf Ekéus was voted down by the France and Russia. The same French and Russians who traded oil for cash with Saddam in spite of the UN embargo on doing just that. The French and the Russians had corrupt dealings with Iraq and put their boy in the Chief Inspectors position. It doesn’t take a Supreme Court Justice to connect those dots. The fact that Hans already had received a Honorus causa from the University of Moscow in 1987 and then the Legion d’Honneur from France in 2004 doesn’t make him look any more the saint does it?

    I won’t argue the point of WMD’s being used as a reason to go into Iraq, I will argue that everyone, including the Clintons, Joe Biden, Howard Dean and Madeline Albright thought the WMD’s were there. It is nothing more than Liberal spin now to ‘Blame Bush’. Shame on them, shame on you for repeating it. Hey, repeat it enough and it becomes the truth doesn’t it Jon.

    Congress voted to go to War (296 to 133 in the house and 77 to 23 in the Senate) with Iraq under Saddam Hussein. When the war turned into a fight the Left used the bad news as a political talking point to beat down the administration and the American spirit. Now that the war has turned in our favor the only thing they have left is the WMDs. Spin it Jon, spin it. Again, shame on you for repeating that kind of political excrement from the upper part of your body.

  5. David, instead of wasting your energy trying to shame me, you should go back down the winding path through woods so dense you could not see the forest for all the trees that you came from to try to find the sandwiches that fell out of your Bush picnic basket and the cards that fell out of your Bush deck. Then go into your library where you have your Bush Altar and paint lipstick on your proudly displayed portrait of George W. Bush, and see if he isn’t still a pig after your artwork has been applied. Might be nice to cross yourself 3 times and light 3 candles while gazing upon Bush from different angles. Then you should sit down and read Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story of “The Emperor Has No Clothes” to try hard to figure out the plot and apply it to Dubya’s Iraq War strategy. Most Americans long ago figured out that the Emperor and Bush both had tailors on staff in their palaces who hoodwinked and swindled them with the fabulous and beautiful cloth they wove, and convinced them it was so fine that only stupid people would see and say the suit of clothes they made from it was not magnificent. Lo and behold, it would be only the stupid people like me and most Americans that would see the Emperor and Bush parading drunkenly with self-deception actually buck naked instead of splendidly dressed.

    While you are in there, please read former Bush White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan’s book, “What Happened: Inside The White House and Washington’s Culture Of Deception”. In it “Scottie” accuses Bush, Karl Rove, and Chaney and Chaney’s chief of staff, “Scooter” Libby of being involved in his giving the press false information publicly exonerating Karl Rove and “Scooter” Libby about the leak case involving CIA operative Valerie Plame in retaliation for her husband, Amb. Joe Wilson’s article about finding no evidence Saddam had bought uranium from Niger. You might recall that regarding this leak case later “Scooter” Libby was found guilty by a federal grand jury on perjury and obstruction charges and sentenced to 30 months in jail, and Bush later commuted the jail time. (Put some spin on “Scooter”, David, until his wheels fall off.)

    “What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary….and the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder…..and Bush mislead the nation,” Scott McClellan writes in this very revealing and blistering book. He wrote of Bush, “The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he has lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” (Having lost a cousin and also a close friend in the Iraq War, I am particularly touchy about this “unnecessary war”.)

    FYI, Scott McClellan and Karl Rove came to Washington from Texas together to continue working for Bush so I would consider Scott McClellan an “ultimate insider” very aware of the inner workings of Bush’s White House. Is it any wonder Scott McClellan feels hurt and bitter after being made a fool of by Bush and his henchmen, and then being forced to resign by Josh Bolten, Bush’s new Chief of Staff? (Continued on next post.)

  6. (Continued from previous post.)
    Another Bush insider, who also had been made a fool of, and who left the Bush Administration in January, 2005 is Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State (and one of the few honorable people in Bush’s two terms) after being at odds with Chaney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, “Scooter” Libby, John R. Bolton, Elliot Abrams, James Woolsey and other neoconservatives of that ilk over foreign policy matters. It was Powell who told the United Nations and the world in that now infamous-speech that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and posed an imminent threat. Powell now says that this was not true and was based then on faulty American intelligence from the CIA and other sources and that he feels terrible about those claims that later proved to be false. Powell says that his making a false case for the Iraq War is a blot on and has tarnished his reputation. He has stated in interviews that he has seen no evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 terrorist attack. He said last summer that he spent several hours trying to persuade George W. Bush not to invade Iraq but that he did not prevail. Powell also has stated, as has Gen. Petraeus, that American military efforts alone in Iraq will NOT solve its problems. In case you did not see Colin Powell’s interview with Tim Russert on Meet The Press last year, you should read the transcript at:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19092206

  7. When I heard some buzz this summer that John McCain had Colin Powell on his short list as a choice for Vice President, I was excited about what a strong and winning ticket that would be. Just think how much of a better choice Powell would have been than Palin! (But with Powell believing in abortion rights and affirmative action that was obviously more than McCain could stomach.) Not only did McCain not pick him, but Powell even declined to speak at the Republican National Convention. Speaking of which, it is a strange thing when neither the sitting president and vice president do not even attend their party’s convention in person, and it proves how disgusted many Republican leaders are with Bush and Cheney’s toxic reputations and are trying to distance themselves as far as possible from these unpopular men who have lost their credibility and so disgraced the Republican Party that it has created a vacuum in which Obama and the Democrats have flooded in like a tidal wave. Adding insult to injury, Bush has now dug the hole even deeper with his hugely unpopular $700-850 billion “Wall St. Bailout” plan. Americans are fed up with Bush and his failed and flawed policies.

  8. Also, while you are reading, do thumb through Bob Woodward’s 4 books including the latest, “The War Within: A Secret White House History” on Bush and his wartime presidency written over the past 7 years which reveal Bush’s flawed decision-making system often displaying impatience, bravado, and unwavering personal certainty, and being out of touch with reality. What really can we expect from a president who does NOT read any newspapers and only watches sports on TV?
    David, are you taping Bush’s brief speeches as he pops out in the Rose Garden every now and then for five minutes blowing smoke about his plan to fix our economic Armageddon? You can play the clips over and over again during the dark Recession/Depression days ahead to stay inspired. Seeing Bush’s face briefly on TV Americans at least know he is not AWOL, although asleep at the wheel. His lack of leadership and inability to inspire confidence has led to panic…reminds me of that great Republican Herbert Hoover’s clueless behavior in the crash of 1929 and then twiddling his thumbs as America spiraled down into the Depression.

  9. Jon if I understand your rather lengthy and passionate reply to my repudiation of your facts it is:

    …but, but, Bush …

    Jon, you didn’t repute a single fact I gave you. You did launch a hate filled and strongly biased tirade against Bush and his team – and me.

    Correct me if I’m wrong. While you are correcting me get to the facts I pointed out in my post.

    It is a typical Liberal tactic to launch attacks upon the opponent when the facts don’t support the Liberal position. I understand Jon, your hatred of all things Bush has overwhelmed your ability to hold rational discourse. I hope it hasn’t overwhelmed your ability to recognize when you are wrong.

    It’s not too late Jon.

  10. Yes, David, it is too late for me. Even if you didn’t have a closed mind, you will never understand because you do not have the capacity or willingness to understand facts in the public record from Republican Bush insiders. I do not have the ability or desire to correct you anymore than I could make chair legs do a tap dance.

  11. Jon, I have to make the assessment that my post regarding the facts surrounding Saddam and his nuclear ambitions stands unchallenged.

    The other information you have posted is more of the hate filled divisiveness that the political parties foster. How about we agree we aren’t going to always agree. From there let’s realize we both have a concern for America’s future, but again, don’t agree on how to get there.

    One thing I hope we can overcome is the hate filled rhetoric. It might surprise you to know I am not fond of the Bush administration or the path our country has taken under his leadership. I look for solutions to these problems and know that one must understand facts to reach a viable solution. The information you provided regarding Saddam was not accurate, thus my post to provide some facts.

    How about we work together for the betterment of America and not fall into the partisan trap.


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