Six months later, no WMD. So what?

Six months later, no WMD. So what?

It’s been about six months since the end of major combat operations in Iraq. At the time I said that if weapons of mass destruction were not found within six months I would be greatly worried. I am worried, but not for the reasons you might think.

I still don’t think Bush lied to us about WMD in order to get us into war. Look at the facts: the amount chemical and biological weapons that Saddam was alleged to have would have filled a couple of swimming pools, maybe a couple of tanker trucks. Now try to find a couple of swimming pool-size containers in a country the size of California. Oh yeah, do it while fending off terrorist attacks and rebuilding the country after decades of war and despotism.

In that context, six months isn’t a very long time at all. Heck, they haven’t even found the stuff the UN said Saddam had last December. It existed at some point. Where did it all go?

That’s what worries me. Where did Saddam go? My hunch is that if you find one, you’ll find the other. And I hope that’s the case because I would bet the Osama and his buddies would just as interested in getting their hands on the stuff too.

  • I don’t know if it’s hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands. I’m just guessing so don’t take my word for it.

    But I do know that the search for WMD shouldn’t be done by some private stumbling around in the desert. These are dangerous items and should be handled with the utmost of care by people properly trained to do so.

  • You’re kidding, right? The WP article is from May 11. David Kay’s report alone is evidence that hundreds of inspectors have been searching for WMD. Yes, some of the military troops may have been diverted, but plenty of civilian inspectors (and some military still) remain on the job.

    And then you cite The Nation of all magazines. For one thing that article is even older (May 7), less than seven weeks from the fall of Baghdad and already they were complaining. Not buying any of it.

    You can search a country the size of Iraq for WMD one of two ways: fast or thorough. Pick one.