June 2006 Archives
June 23, 2006
Democrats Criticize Claim on Iraqi Arms
It's getting buried by the Al Qaeda-be's story in Miami, but I wanted to hit the Santorum "remember me?" campaign one more time.
That assertion was backed up by representatives of three intelligence agencies who told reporters that the study differed little from a 2004 report of a team of American weapons inspectors led by Charles A. Duelfer that concluded that Hussein was not in possession of significant stocks of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons at the time of the U.S.-led invasion.
The intelligence officials also said that the munitions referred to in the report were produced before the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and that they had degraded and could not be used as designed. "There is no evidence today of any post-1991 WMD munitions," said the official, who agreed to speak with reporters only if his identity and his agency were not disclosed.
The officials said that the study was conducted to analyze the hazards that arose from the aging chemical munitions being discovered in small caches throughout Iraq to alert troops of the potential dangers of moving or destroying the weapons without realizing the hazards they posed if someone tried to move or destroy them without realizing their contents.