Jimmy Olsen, cub-reporter for the Daily Planet, presented this page to me which is still on the official White House site:
You may want to look at it before it is yanked, but here are some pertinent snippets from same:
- The U.N. and U.S. intelligence sources have known for some time that Saddam Hussein has materials to produce chemical and biological weapons, but he has not accounted for them:
- 26,000 liters of anthrax�enough to kill several million people
- 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin
- 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agents
- Almost 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents
- The IAEA confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, a design for a nuclear weapon, and was working on methods of enriching uranium for a nuclear bomb. He recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa, according to the British Government. He has attempted to purchase high strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons, according to our intelligence sources. Yet he has not credibly explained these activities.
- Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including al-Qaida members. He could provide hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own. It would take just one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known.
Thank you Jimmy for this late breaking news. Be that as it will, the official line seems to be that we just got it wrong. And if you believe that, I have a bridge you might be interested in purchasing.
But I will say, frankly, that I am not a big conspiracy guy -- and I cannot believe that it was "all about oil." I know this is not going to be popular on either side of the equation, but I get the feeling that this wasn't about oil, but about about arrogance. That there was a feeling that our way of life was so great, that once we introduced it to the Iraqis, they would certainly want to be more like us and would accept our vision of freedom, and that would bring stability to this area.
That's what I think it was really about.
And what a surprise when they didn't all come out to greet us with flowers. This was really where intelligence screwed up.
At any rate, I've gotten hold of the car again, so I'll be out on another search for the real American dream, probably around 116th street.
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