Wikileaks Reveal: USA Found WMDs in Iraq

Yes, kids. In an attempt to make the US look bad, Wikileaks found some things that make anti-war lefties look worse. Iraq war casualties were much lower than anti-war activists said. And they found WMDs in Iraq. Whoops!

By late 2003, even the Bush White House’s staunchest defenders were starting to give up on the idea that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

But for years afterward, WikiLeaks’ newly-released Iraq war documents reveal, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins, and uncover weapons of mass destruction.

An initial glance at the WikiLeaks war logs doesn’t reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime — the Bush administration’s most (in)famous rationale for invading Iraq. But chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict — and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.

In August 2004, for instance, American forces surreptitiously purchased what they believed to be containers of liquid sulfur mustard, a toxic “blister agent” used as a chemical weapon since World War I. The troops tested the liquid, and “reported two positive results for blister.” The chemical was then “triple-sealed and transported to a secure site” outside their base.

Three months later, in northern Iraq, U.S. scouts went to look in on a “chemical weapons” complex. “One of the bunkers has been tampered with,” they write. “The integrity of the seal [around the complex] appears intact, but it seems someone is interesting in trying to get into the bunkers.”

The people opposed to the war had good arguments they could have used, but instead chose to lie about things and in fact made a lot of absurd and extreme claims to try to make the US and the Bush administration look bad, just like the protesters during Vietnam lied about atrocities committed by US soldiers when most were committed by the NVA and Viet Kong. Whatever you may think of the Iraq war, it’s important that people deal with the reality of it and not believe the lies.

UPDATE: The press spins the Wikileaks numbers.

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  1. That whole bleating argument by the Left about how there were no WMDs and it was all an excuse for war by the eeeeevil Bush administration infuriates me. I have a list (which I can’t post here because it far too long) of quotes from people like Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and the UN claiming Iraq had WMDs. Plus, we knew he had them because he used poison gas against the Iranians and the Kurds.
    The “Bush lied about the WMDs!” meme has to be one of the biggest examples of media spin-meistering in the last 50 years.

    I can’t resist clipping the top three comments off my WMD list and posting them. But there are many, many more.

    “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
    — From a letter signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others on October 9, 1998

    “Saddam’s goal … is to achieve the lifting of U.N. sanctions while retaining and enhancing Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. We cannot, we must not and we will not let him succeed.”
    — Madeline Albright, 1998

    “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retained some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capability. Intelligence reports also indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons, but has not yet achieved nuclear capability.”
    — Robert Byrd, October 2002

    • Yeah, the whole anti-war rhetoric of the Democrats was a sham. They were afraid a success there might have made Bush even more popular. Unlike Obama, Bush got us out of a recession and the economy was turning a corner when Iraq came around.

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