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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Skepticism over where Saddam's WMD's went

Doug Feith, who is a former law partner of one of my law firm colleagues, has now started writing for The Corner. In a comment posted on Tuesday, Doug expresses skepticism as to whether Saddam Hussein transferred his weapons of mass destruction to Syria, but doesn't really have any other likely answers (Hat Tip: Lawhawk via Little Green Footballs).
To my knowledge, the best information on the subject remains the Duelfer Report on the work of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) – and the ISG did not find convincing evidence that Saddam transferred WMD to Syria.We know that Saddam once possessed WMD; he used them against Iran and against the Iraqi Kurds in the north. We know that we did not find the stockpiles that the CIA said we would find. As I observe in my book, War and Decision, there are only three possible explanations: Either (1) Saddam destroyed the stockpiles, (2) Saddam hid the stockpiles in Iraq or (3) Saddam transferred the stockpiles out of Iraq. The ISG concluded that Saddam "probably" destroyed his biological weapons stockpiles, but it did not find definitive proof of the destruction.
Read it all. The Bush administration's pre-war belief that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction still seems reasonable to me.


At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that the pre-war assessement goes back to the Clinton administration. It was not conjured up all of a sudden after Bush entered office or after 9/11.

For those who haven't seen it yet:

The Democrats and Saddam's WMD Threat.

Ain't video archives a bummer?!


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