Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Saddam and WMD's.

The Secret Tapes -- Inside Saddam's Palace.
"...One of the most dramatic moments in the 12 hours of recordings comes when Saddam predicts — during a meeting in the mid 1990s — a terrorist attack on the United States. 'Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans a long time before August 2 and told the British as well … that in the future there will be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction.'

Saddam goes on to say such attacks would be difficult to stop. 'In the future, what would prevent a booby-trapped car causing a nuclear explosion in Washington or a germ or a chemical one?'

But I thought Saddam didn't have any terror ties.

"But he adds that Iraq would never do such a thing. 'This is coming, this story is coming but not from Iraq.' "

Uhhh... they're taking his word for it?

"At one point Hussein Kamel, Saddam's son-in-law and the man who was in charge of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction efforts can be heard on the tapes, speaking openly about hiding information from the U.N.'

We did not reveal all that we have,' Kamel says in the meeting. 'Not the type of weapons, not the volume of the materials we imported, not the volume of the production we told them about, not the volume of use. None of this was correct.' "

So... he did have WMD's? You're kidding!

"Charles Duelfer, who led the official U.S. search for weapons of mass destruction after the war, says the tapes show extensive deception but don't prove that weapons were still hidden in Iraq at the time of the U.S.-led war in 2003.

'What they do is support the conclusion in the report, which we made in the last couple of years, that the regime had the intention of building and rebuilding weapons of mass destruction, when circumstances permitted.' "

I never said that Saddam definitely had WMD's. I just think that whether or not he had WMD's right then, the war was necessary because sooner or later (and probably sooner) he would have gotten them and used them.

This is probably my most jumbled post yet, so I think I'll shut up now. I do want to know what you think about this. Does this prove that Saddam was a threat? Does it seem to justify the war in Iraq?