Friday, November 03, 2006


That's the point that the NY Times buries in the linked article. When we went into Iraq, partly on the basis of Iraq's imminent threat due to its WMD program, Saddam was actively seeking the Bomb and may have been ONLY ONE YEAR AWAY at the time of the 2003 invasion by the U.S.

The Times' article is about the Iraqi National Document Portal website that the US government set up to display documents retrieved from Iraq after the 2003 invasion, and the decision to take down the website temporarily. The spin by the Times is that the website contained unedited documents that gave more information about how to build a nuclear bomb than were available anywhere else on the Web. If so, that's a glaring error and heads should roll. The Monk suspects that nuclear madman states like NoKor and Iran had better information from the AQ Khan network anyway.

But the point the Times glides over is simple: IRAQ WAS CLOSE TO OBTAINING THE BOMB WHEN THE U.S. INVADED. From the horse's pen:

Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

So much for the CIA's no-WMD analysis.

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