Come on now, there is no way Saddam had WMD’s and was tied to Al-Qaeda:
Recently discovered Iraqi documents now being translated by U.S. intelligence analysts indicate that Saddam Hussein’s government made extensive plans to hide Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invasion in March 2003 – and had deep ties to al Qaida before the 9/11 attacks.
The explosive evidence was discovered among “millions of pages of documents” unearthed by the Iraq Survey Group weapons search team, reports the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes.
In the magazine’s Nov. 21 issue, Hayes reveals that the document cache now being examined contains “a thick stew of reports and findings from a variety of [Iraqi] intelligence agencies and military units.”
Though the Pentagon has so far declined to make the bombshell papers public, Hayes managed to obtain a list of titles on the reports.
Topics headlined in the still embargoed Iraqi documents include:
– Chemical Agent Purchase Orders (Dec. 2001)
– Formulas and information about Iraq’s Chemical Weapons Agents
– Locations of Weapons/Ammunition Storage (with map)
– Denial and Deception of WMD and Killing of POWs
– Ricin research and improvement
– Chemical Gear for Fedayeen Saddam
– Memo from the [Iraqi Intelligence Service] to Hide Information from a U.N. Inspection team (1997)
– Iraq Ministry of Defense Calls for Investigation into why documents related to WMD were found by UN inspection team
– Correspondence between various Iraq organizations giving instructions to hide chemicals and equipment
– Correspondence from [Iraqi Intelligence Service] to [the Military Industrial Commission] regarding information gathered by foreign intelligence satellites on WMD (Dec. 2002) ? Cleaning chemical suits and how to hide chemicals
– [Iraqi Intelligence Service] plan of what to do during UNSCOM inspections (1996)
Still other reports suggest that Iraq’s ties to al Qaida were far deeper than previously known, featuring headlines like:
– Secret Meeting with Taliban Group Member and Iraqi Government (Nov. 2000)
– Document from Uday Hussein regarding Taliban activity
– Possible al Qaeda Terror Members in Iraq
– Iraqi Effort to Cooperate with Saudi Opposition Groups and Individuals
– Iraqi Intel report on Kurdish Activities: Mention of Kurdish Report on al Qaeda – reference to al Qaeda presence in Salman Pak
– [Iraqi Intelligence Service] report on Taliban-Iraq Connections Claims
– Money Transfers from Iraq to Afghanistan
While the document titles sound stunning enough to turn the Iraq war debate on its head, Hayes cautions that it’s hard to know for certain until the full text is available.
It’s possible, he writes, “that the ‘Document from Uday Hussein regarding Taliban activity’ was critical of one or another Taliban policies. But it’s equally possible, given Uday’s known role as a go-between for the Iraqi regime and al Qaeda, that something more nefarious was afoot.”
“What was discussed at the ‘Secret Meeting with Taliban Group Member and Iraqi Government’ in November 2000? It could be something innocuous. Maybe not. But it would be nice to know more.”
Hayes also notes that an additional treasure trove of evidence on Saddam Hussein’s support for al Qaida may be lost forever.
“When David Kay ran the Iraq Survey Group searching for weapons of mass destruction, he instructed his team to ignore anything not directly related to the regime’s WMD efforts,” he reports.
“As a consequence, documents describing the regime’s training and financing of terrorists were labeled ‘No Intelligence Value’ and often discarded, according to two sources.”
But Bush just had to have lied, he just had to! Can’t you picture the left stomping their feet like the little kids they are and yelling that.