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Where oh Where did Iraq's Nukes go?

Date: 15 February, 2004

By: Chief

Imageh Where, oh Where can They be?

Okay, it has been just under a whole year since King George the Bush decided, on his own hook, to invade and conquer Iraq. It has been over a year since the Bush administration started howling about Saddam Hussein's huge stock pile of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) weapons.

So, where are they? I want to know. The public wants to know. The parents of dead Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines want to know. And God Damn it, we have a right to know.

The history of Gulf War II, in a nut shell, is this: our federal government made all kinds of accusations, though hallucinations might be closer to the truth, that Saddam Hussein had illegal weapons. Weapons of mass destruction (WMD's). Our government enlisted the help of the British government and other governments as well. All attempting to pound home the message that Hussein was a very bad person and we, as in the United States and the coalition of the willing (stupid?), needed to precipitate a war in order to oust Hussein and destroy his illegal weapons.

For over a fucking year, yes I'm cussing — deal with it — our elected and appointed leaders have been braying in the newspapers and on the television news that something, possibly drastic, had to be done about Saddam and his WMD's. This song and dance was repeated so often and so well that people started buying into it. Secretary of State Colin Powell even went so far as to layout our, as in the United States, evidence before a packed audience at the United Nations. This was done in an effort to gain U.N. backing ... months before the invasion. That fell through. A no go if you will. Did those who wanted this war stop after the U.N. said no? We all know better than that. No, this was what surely appears to be a willful and well thought out campaign of disinformation. The purpose of which was to rile people up enough that they would support a war. Gulf War II. And that is exactly what happened.

March of 2003, led by our very own government and without a Congressional declaration of war we started a war against the government of Iraq. And we are still there today. Unfortunately, we will probably remain in Iraq for quite sometime to come. Our troops are still dying there as well and will continue to die. Isn't that lovely?

Well, where is the evidence of Hussein's nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and assorted programs? Have you seen any evidence of same? Read about any evidence of WMD's? I sure as hell haven't.

Our government started a war. Got that? Our very own federal government started a war based upon evidence, not fact, but mere evidence that no one has ever seen. How does that work? And the Congress let them get away, no, indeed our Congress helped Boy George and company out. Such a deal.

The U.N. chief weapons inspector has steadfastly been claiming that no WMD's exist in Iraq. He said that before the war, during the war and after the war. Our own military inspection teams packed up and went home months months ago. They could find no WMD's. Lately our own civilian type lead weapons inspector claims that Iraq doesn't have any illegal weapons. British inspectors have claimed that Iraq does not have any WMD's.

The verdict

We bought into a sham. I can think of no other name for it. Why? I simply do not know. Maybe, someday in the distant future illegal weapons will be found. I rather doubt it. Although, or in a way, I would rather have them found than to know I was lied to by the President of the United States. Because at this stage of the game it looks far more likely to be the latter than the former.

Additionally, we are hearing of late that getting rid of Saddam was in the best interests of the U.S. and the world at large because Saddam was not a very nice person. No shit, Sherlock. Hussein was a despot and a tyrant. Of that I believe there is no doubt. However, just because the leader of a sovereign nation is a certifiable asshole that does not in any way justify starting a war against him. The logic of doing so is, to say the least, bizarre.

Just how bizarre is it? Our government by its actions against Iraq has legitimized war as a means of toppling any other government that our president does not like. Period. To put it another way, any other government could launch a war against the U.S. because that government does not like whoever happens to be president at the time. Think about it. That is exactly what we did in Iraq.

It is incumbent upon the people of the country in question to topple their leadership if need be. It is not incumbent upon any other country to do it for them no matter how despicable the leadership is. Outside interference tends, not always but for the most part, to turn sour rather rapidly. Then you are in one hell of a mess. Quite similar to the messes in which we are currently embroiled in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Would the Iraqi people have toppled Saddam Hussein? I do not know and neither does anybody else. But I do know this — the government of Iran was overthrown. Vietnam is now, and has been, a united country for damn near 30 years. South American countries are overthrown on a regular basis. The same hold true in Africa. Afghanistan goes through governments faster than we change our socks.

Yeah, there certainly is a lot of back peddling going on within the executive branch. 'Well, we really didn't say Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction'. 'You took what I said out of context'. 'I have great faith (fingers crossed behind his back) in our intelligence community'. And so on and so forth. You've heard them all, read them all or both. Hah, even Number 10 is feeling the heat. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, keeping the typical stiff up lip (a British tradition), is trying to dodge the bullets headed his way over this same issue. Where are the weapons you told us about? The weapons of mass destruction which could be launched in less than an hour? Where the hell are they?

So, let me ask once again, for possible penetration, where are the weapons of mass destruction? I want to know. Inquiring minds want to know. And no, doing the soft shoe shuffle in an effort to evade answering that singularly important, not the least to say expensive, question is going to get you, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, off the hook. Oh, I know there are plenty of others who were, and some still remain, in favor of our war in Iraq. Quite a few of them are members of Congress. They did not do their job. Instead they voted through a resolution, not a declaration of war however, giving Boy George basically carte blanche.

Mr. President, where are the weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein allegedly had?

The silence is deafening.

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