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Cbs “Bombshell”

Yesterday I pointed to Matt Yglesias’ touting of the “60 Minutes” blockbuster piece with the CIA’s former top man in Europe. Daniel McKivergan reacts to it here. NBC had the story a month ago, and in their version this was all a CIA foul-up, not a Bush foul-up. Now that the CIA is in open rebellion against Bush and despite the fact that George Tenet had told Bush the case was a “slam dunk,” he’s supposed to have gone with the lower ranking CIA guy he may not even have heard of. Meanwhile, reader skepticism and dismissal runneth over:

I love these “blockbuster” stories. Each one is based on some truth with all the inconvenient facts removed, like pulling the legs off an ant.

Naji Sabri Bottom line: indicated stockpiles of chemical (poison gas), but no to nuclear and bio.

If you can manage to ignore the stockpiled poison gas, Naji Sabri said there was no WMDs.

And

Jonah

I’ve written about Sabri before.

http://www.rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2006_03_19.PHP#005403

He actually said Saddam had a WMD program:

“For example, consider biological weapons, a key concern before the war. The

CIA said Saddam had an “active” program for “R&D, production and

weaponization” for biological agents such as anthrax. Intelligence sources

say Sabri indicated Saddam had no significant, active biological weapons

program. Sabri was right. After the war, it became clear that there was no

program.

Another key issue was the nuclear question: How far away was Saddam from

having a bomb? The CIA said if Saddam obtained enriched uranium, he could

build a nuclear bomb in “several months to a year.” Sabri said Saddam

desperately wanted a bomb, but would need much more time than that. Sabri

was more accurate.

On the issue of chemical weapons, the CIA said Saddam had stockpiled as much

as “500 metric tons of chemical warfare agents” and had “renewed” production

of deadly agents. Sabri said Iraq had stockpiled weapons and had “poison

gas” left over from the first Gulf War. Both Sabri and the agency were

wrong.”

Best wishes

John Hawkins

http://www.rightwingnews.com

And..

Jonah –

Matt Yglesias really needs to pay more attention to

the news, and CBS apparently doesn’t realize it’s a

month behind. Here’s the NYT on March 22:

“According to Mr. Tenet’s account, which is generally

in accord with that of NBC and the former intelligence

officials, the source now identified as Mr. Sabri gave

a mixed account of Iraq’s weapons programs when he

spoke with French intelligence officers in the fall of

2002.

“Mr. Tenet said in his speech, at Georgetown

University in February 2004, that a source who had

direct access to Mr. Hussein had said that Iraq had no

nuclear weapons but was “aggressively and covertly”

seeking to develop them. Mr. Tenet said the source had

also reported that the Hussein government was

“dabbling” with biological weapons but had no “real

weapons program.””

I didn’t see 60 Minustes either, but I assume they

recycled the above, doubtless adding their customary

dollops of sensationalism and falsehood. Taking it

all at face value, it scarcely dents the

administration’s case. They stated explicitly and

repeatedly that Iraq did not have operating nuclear

weapons. Sabri confirmed Iraq was working on it, and

also confirmed, seemingly in rather muted tones, that

it had non-nuclear WMD. So, assuming that Sabri was

100% reliable, which the CIA obviously couldn’t afford

to assume, nothing he said really undercut the

rationale for invasion.

Best regards,

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