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Friday, October 08, 2004

WMD Stockpiles

I keep hearing in the news that in Iraq they haven't found Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) stockpiles. Well, is WMD stockpiles what they are looking for and are WMDs actually stored in stockpiles? I have yet to hear about this in the news or read it anywhere.

A couple years ago on TLC or Discovery or one of those other information channels I saw a program that talked about just this. It was before we ever went over to Iraq to take Saddam out. This program stuck with me and got me to do a little research of my own.

WMDs are not stored in stockpiles anymore. They haven't been for many years (as in more than 10). What is still in the stockpiles that the US might have would be because they don't have a nice way to dispose of it. The technology is now in the ability to produce WMDs. Take chemical or bio weapons. A lab the size of a semi could produce enough chemical or bio weapons to take out a cite the size of New York in 2 days of production. No military power is producing WMD and stockpiling it anymore. Technologically we have moved beyond that point.

So, will there be stockpiles of WMDs in Iraq? No. Will they find WMDs in Iraq? Yes, and they have. What have they found? They have found the lab equipment and other technology needed to produce the WMDs just as you would find if the same inspections were done in the US, Russia or other military power (which Iraq was). They have also found sarin gas bombs in Iraq which means that equipment has been used and some agents have been produced. This is just one example.

Now, the shortcoming here has been with the media. The media has not conveyed what the current state of WMDs in the world is. So, people make their assumptions on what they know which is that of cold war technology that is 20 years old.

So, did Iraq have WMDs in the way of chemical and bio weapons based on the modern technology in the world? Yes.

6 Comments:

  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3718150.stm ...What? The equipment you refer to was for hydrogen production. The aluminum tubes were for rockets. Is abortion and gay marriage so important to conservatives that they're willing to hobble the whole country's international standing? Doesn't honesty mean anything to you? Reality? Hellooooo?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:20 PM  

  • Iraq, at one time, had WMD. How did Iraq get these weapons? WE SOLD THEM TO IRAQ. (see http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0908-08.htm). Heck, we even sent Donald Rumsfeld over to kiss Saddam's butt (see http://cnparm.home.texas.net/911/Backg/Rumsfeld-Saddam.jpg) . That said, the report from the weapons inspector that just came out said that the weapons were gone after the 1st Gulf War. It would've taken a decade to build new WMDs, which mostly were to use against Iran/Israel.

    Now Bush says the war was because of the oil for food program, or it was for the mass graves, or because of getting rid a tyrant. NO IT WAS NOT. He told the country that Iraq posed an iminent threat because of WMD. They lied, and now they cannot make up new reasons why we went to war. It makes me sick that 1/2 of the country is considering voting for this guy who lied and has killed thousands as a result.

    By Blogger Owen, at 1:33 PM  

  • OK, I am not debating the war in Iraq in this post. I am also not bashing or supporting any decisions. Just talking to whether or not Iraq had WMD in some way shape or form and what the modern condition of WMD is. Having the capability is all anyone these days has. That is the WMD. No one keeps stockpiles on hand anymore. It is not cost effective or where the technology is at. To assume they would have stockpiles is misleading.

    To assume that Iraq couldn't hide small labs from inspectors is also not giving them enough credit. Iraq has one of the most extensive bunker networks in the world. Iraq in that extent is one of the world leaders. They are at the same level of the US there.

    I am not debating the war. Just the WMD.

    By Blogger matt, at 3:03 PM  

  • You are correct. WMD has been found in Iraq:
    http://www.cia.gov/cia/reports/iraq_wmd_2004/index.html"Since May 2004, ISG has recovered a total of 53 chemical weapons from various sources and military units throughout Iraq."

    Screenshot here:
    http://www.brodiejohnson.com/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:58 PM  

  • "Is abortion and gay marriage so important to conservatives that they're willing to hobble the whole country's international standing?"

    The war has nothing to do with abortion and gay marriage. Helloooo. I'll tell you this, abortion is very important. And if the rest of the world wants to embrace it, than I don't want to be like them anyway. Be American and stop worrying about passing some BS global test. Be a leader not a follower.

    Millahtime Man, I like your theory on WMD’s.

    By Blogger Nick France, at 4:14 PM  

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