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Friday, June 23, 2006

Warmongers of Mass Delusion

From Tony Auth. Yes, in case you missed it, Little Ricky is claiming that "weapons of mass destruction" have been found in Iraq.
The lawmaker read from a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit:

"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."

However, a senior Defense Department official pointed out to Fox News that the chemical weapons in question were not in useable condition.

"This does not reflect a capacity that was built up after 1991," the official said, adding the munitions "are not the WMD this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had, and not the WMD for which this country went to war."
Santorum and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) are calling for more money to be wasted in addition to the $1 billion spent on the Bush-appointed Iraq Survey Group, whose report concluded that there were no WMD's (and which considered the detritus Santorum and Hoekstra are babbling about and determined that it in no way constituted WMD's).
Hoekstra added that the report shows that "there is still a lot about Iraq that we don't fully understand," and that he is going to ask for more reporting by the various intelligence agencies about weapons of mass destruction.

"[W]e are going to put additional pressure on the Department of Defense and the folks in Iraq to more fully pursue a complete investigation of what existed in Iraq before the war," Hoekstra said.