On todays NYTimes frontpage, James Risen has an article about second guessing CIA analyses after the fact. In it, he claims the CIA had information indicating that Saddam had shut down his weapons programs that it didn’t share. Of course, because this article is part of the political campaign, he avoids dealing with the issue of the lack of intelligence on what happened to all the weapons it is know that Saddam had in 1998 and also fails to integrate any of the evidence found by the Iraq Survey Group after the war proving that Saddam did in fact have active weapons programs (via FrontPage):
In virtually every case – chemical, biological, nuclear and ballistic missiles – the United States has found the weapons and the programs that the Iraqi dictator successfully concealed for 12 years from U.N. weapons inspectors.
Both Duelfer and his predecessor, David Kay, reported to Congress that the evidence they had found on the ground in Iraq showed Saddam’s regime was in “material violation” of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441, the last of 17 resolutions that promised “serious consequences” if Iraq did not make a complete disclosure of its weapons programs and dismantle them in a verifiable manner. The United States cited Iraq’s refusal to comply with these demands as one justification for going to war.
Both Duelfer and Kay found that Iraq had “a clandestine network of laboratories and safe houses with equipment that was suitable to continuing its prohibited chemical- and biological-weapons [BW] programs,” the official said. “They found a prison laboratory where we suspect they tested biological weapons on human subjects.” They found equipment for “uranium-enrichment centrifuges” whose only plausible use was as part of a clandestine nuclear-weapons program. In all these cases, “Iraqi scientists had been told before the war not to declare their activities to the U.N. inspectors,” the official said.
“Saddam Hussein’s prohibited missile programs are as close to a slam dunk as you will ever find for violating United Nations resolutions,” the first official said. Both senior administration officials spoke to Insight on condition that neither their name nor their agency be identified, but their accounts of what the United States has found in Iraq coincided in every major area.
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