Can You Imagine?:
Hussein Was Right & Bush Was Wrong
by Harry Browne
January 15, 2005
You may remember that in 2002, the year before the Iraq War began, the
United Nations Security Council ordered Iraq to produce a report detailing
all of its biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons — past and present. Iraqi officials
complied and produced an 11,800-page
report on Iraq's weapons programs. The report described all the chemical and
biological weapons the country once had — where they came from and what was
done with them — as well as what had happened to Iraq's nuclear weapons
Although the report was prepared for the United Nations, U.S. officials
intercepted the report, edited out 8,000 pages (over two thirds) of it, and
delivered its Reader's Digest version of the report to the UN.
A German reporter managed to obtain a copy of the original report from Iraq,
and then compared it with the truncated copy the U.S. gave to the UN. He
found that the missing parts covered the Iraqis' acquisition of chemical and
biological weapons from the U.S., the delivery of non-fissionable materials
for a nuclear bomb by the U.S. to the Iraqis, and the training of Iraqi
nuclear scientists at U.S. nuclear facilities in Los Alamos, Sandia, and
The basic points made in the report were:
Iraq once had chemical and biological weapons.
Some of those weapons were destroyed at the end of the Gulf War;
the rest were
destroyed under the supervision of the UN weapons inspectors.
Iraq once had a program to develop nuclear weapons.
Some of the nuclear weapons facilities were destroyed at the end of the Gulf
War; the rest were destroyed under the supervision of the UN weapons
UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said the conclusions stated in the report
were basically true — that Iraq no longer had dangerous weapons.
Colin Powell dismissed the
report, calling it a "catalogue of recycled information and flagrant omissions." Of course,
as we now know, the information was recycled because it happened to be true,
and the omissions were flagrant because U.S. officials had done the
Hussein said he would like to bring the UN weapons inspectors back to Iraq.
(They had left
for safety reasons in 1998 when President Clinton resumed air strikes
President Bush called Hussein's offer a "cynical ploy" and managed to
nip any such idea in the bud.
Hussein also invited the U.S. Congress to send representatives,
accompanied by experts, to inspect any facilities in Iraq that they wanted.
President Bush said this changed nothing, and he managed to derail the
sending of a Congressional delegation.
Over and over, George Bush told us that Saddam Hussein was lying, that he
was dragging his feet, that Iraq had dangerous weapons, that Hussein was a
threat to the whole world,
Now here we are, over two years later. What have we learned?
The Bush administration is trying to sugar-coat the above conclusions by
saying that the recently concluded weapons hunt by Charles Duelfer and the
CIA's Iraq Survey Group (ISG)
discovered an "intent" by Hussein to renew his WMD programs if the U.S.
would only stay out of Iraq. However, Duelfer has provided absolutely no
hard evidence of such an "intent." Once again we're getting firm assertions
backed up by nothing.
Former weapons inspector
Ritter has summed it all up very well:
One of the tragic ironies of
the decision to invade Iraq is that the Iraqi WMD declaration required by
security council resolution 1441, submitted by Iraq in December 2002, and
summarily rejected by Bush and Blair as repackaged falsehoods, now stands as
the most accurate compilation of data yet assembled regarding Iraq’s WMD
programs (more so than even Duelfer’s ISG report, which contains much
unsubstantiated speculation). Saddam Hussein has yet to be contradicted on a
single point of substantive fact. Iraq had disarmed; no one wanted to accept
In other words, the Butcher of Baghdad was correct; the President of the
United States of America was wrong. The Butcher of Baghdad will be put on
trial for "war crimes." The President of the United States of America was
reelected to "lead" the country for four more years.
It's a sorry state of affairs in America when you can trust the words of
Saddam Hussein more than those of your own President.