By now, I believe that the news of the discovery of 500 fully loaded chemical weapons shells by coalition forces has broken through to the American people. That despite desperate attempts to shield the truth from the American people about anything positive in the post-liberation Iraqi Theatre in the War On Terror. And the attempts to cast Senator Santorum and Representative Peter Hoekstra as some kind of kooks.
I have withheld my judgment on this story since I felt we have “been there before” in the discovery of WMDs that didn’t turn out to be. I now believe that this news is very significant. And the fact that it is NOT causing the major TV broadcast networks to issue “Special Reports” is probably proof enough to show how significant the information is. After all, it violates their pre-written newscast scripts: “Bush Lied, People Died”.
Gateway Pundit reported earlier this week that “it only took Saddam 15-20″ of similiar chemical shells to “murder thousands of Kurds” in 1988. Santorum and Hoekstra reported 500 shells were found.
Since the media quickly moved the debate to: “Well, yeah but those shells were old and they weren’t really a danger”, the anti-American bureaucrats at the CIA and Defense jumped fully on board. In the vein of Joe Wilson and Mary McCarthy, an “intelligence source” quickly jumped into the media discussion to announce these weren’t real WMDs.
Offering the official administration response to FOX News, a senior Defense Department official pointed out that the chemical weapons were not in useable conditions.
“This does not reflect a capacity that was built up after 1991,” the official said, adding the munitions “are not the WMDs this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had, and not the WMDs for which this country went to war.”
Rumsfeld, in a news briefing Thursday, said Santorum’s comments were correct.
“Certainly. What has been announced is accurate, that there have been hundreds of canisters or weapons of various types found that either currently have sarin in them or had sarin in them, and sarin is dangerous. And it’s dangerous to our forces, and it’s a concern.”
“They are weapons of mass destruction. They’re harmful to human beings. And they have been found,” Rumsfeld said. “And they had not been reported by Saddam Hussein as he inaccurately alleged that he had reported all of his weapons. And they are still being found and discovered.”
That is a key point. Saddam violated UN resolution after UN resolution. And while he claimed to at least report all of his WMDs, Santorum and Hoekstra have proven that is a lie.
Remember how worked up the media got us when a couple of envelopes of anthrax dust showed up at NBC and the Senate office buildings? How we were told just a few spores could kill 100,000 people? Everyone started buying duct tape and plastic wrap to cover their windows!
Well guess what folks. Imagine what a dirty bomb loaded with even “degenerated” sarin gas could do if it exploded in Times Square! A weapon of mass destruction.
The WMD in Iraq (as defined by Congress in its resolution of War Against Iraq) were found. The real question is — what other truths in the War on Terror are being kept from us because it doesn’t “fit the script”?