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That WMD STory

Sen. Santorum’s points are well made but much too late to make a difference. Surely this is not entirely new information. The Blix Report noted regarding Iraqi chemical weapons, “The [Iraqi weapons report] document indicates that 13,000 chemical bombs were dropped by the Iraqi air force between 1983 and 1998, while Iraq has declared that 19,500 bombs were consumed during this period. Thus, there is a discrepancy of 6,500 bombs. The amount of chemical agent in these bombs would be in the order of about 1,000 tons. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, we must assume that these quantities are now unaccounted for.” Perhaps this stockpile of 500 munitions was part of that group. If so it is surely worthy of note. But if Sen. Santorum is using an unclassified study, which appears to be the case, one might ask why wasn’t this released by the White House in the first place at a time when it could have made a difference? This is another example of the failure to publish the discoveries we have made since the fall of Saddam’s regime in a systematic fashion and originating at high levels. We know a lot more now about the WMDs that existed, and about the definite links to terrorists, not to mention all the human rights offenses committed by Saddam’s regime. Yet, the administration has never put together a comprehensive account of all this. That document is something that should have been written two years ago. It is mind boggling that this has not been done. This failure to communicate is one of the major reasons why public support for the war effort has been sagging.

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