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LauraK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-03 12:36 PM
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Iraq Nuke Evidence Was Thin, Experts Say
WASHINGTON -- Even as the Bush administration concluded Iraq was reviving its nuclear weapons program, key signs -- such as scientific data of weapons work and evidence of research by Iraq's nuclear experts -- were missing, according to several former intelligence officials.

The public case that Iraq was pursuing nuclear weapons was built primarily on several suspicious items Iraq reportedly tried to import, such as uranium, aluminum tubes and precision machinery. But the uranium story is now in dispute, and many of the other items had possible uses unrelated to nuclear weapons.

Other information was either lacking, or suggested that no nuclear program was in the works, said the former intelligence officials, who analyzed Iraq's weapons during the run-up to the war. Some spoke on the condition of anonymity.

For example, "There was no solid evidence that indicated Iraq's top nuclear scientists were rejuvenating Iraq's nuclear weapons program," said Greg Thielmann, the former manager of the State Department office that tracked chemical, biological and nuclear weapons issues. Thielmann retired in September 2002.

Other former officials said the scientists weren't performing activities or going to places normally associated with work on a nuclear weapons program.

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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-03 12:40 PM
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1. Um, we weren't talking about a nuclear weapons PROGRAM
I distinctly heard Bush and Blair talk about WEAPONS themselves, capable of reaching us in 45 minutes.

I distinctly remember hearing this every fucking day for at least three months. Not once did I hear about a PROGRAM.
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-03 12:43 PM
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2. and Rice's 'mushroom cloud' over NY
the ONLY reason we attacked was to prevent Iraq from nukeing amurika? :shrug:
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Nambe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 02:00 AM
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3. The weapons expert that tweeked the evidence for poodle...
is the one that was killed according to his best friend.
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 02:20 AM
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4. Kick!
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4dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:24 AM
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5. Lets not forget the others
that stated Iraq possessed WMD!!

From late August 2002 to mid-March of this year, the Bush administration made its case for war by focusing on the threat posed to the United States by Saddam Hussein's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and by his purported links to the Al Qaeda terrorist network. Officials conjured up images of Iraqi mushroom clouds over U.S. cities and of Saddam transferring to Osama bin Laden chemical and biological weapons that could be used to create new and more lethal September elevenths. In Nashville on August 26, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney warned of a Saddam "armed with an arsenal of these weapons of terror" who could "directly threaten America's friends throughout the region and subject the United States or any other nation to nuclear blackmail." In Washington on September 26, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld claimed he had "bulletproof" evidence of ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda. And, in Cincinnati on October 7, President George W. Bush warned, "The Iraqi dictator must not be permitted to threaten America and the world with horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons." Citing Saddam's association with Al Qaeda, the president added that this "alliance with terrorists could allow the Iraqi regime to attack America without leaving any fingerprints."

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