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Did Rummy Spill the Beans?

Drudge has an interesting link.

...Now whatís actually happened?† Right now you have the Iraqi Survey Group, which is a multinational group thatís out there reviewing documentation and looking at suspect WMD sites.† I was with the Polish minister of defense this weekend in Istanbul, Turkey at the NATO Summit.† And in the course of that, he pointed out that his troops in Iraq had recently come across Ė Iíve forgotten the number, but something like 16 or 17 Ė warheads that contained sarin and mustard gas.

Now these are weapons that we always knew Saddam Hussein had that he had not declared and they have tested them and I have not seen them and I have not tested them, but they believe that they are correct that these, in fact, were undeclared chemical weapons -- sarin and mustard gas -- quite lethal and that is a discovery that just occurred within the last period of days.† If you think about -- most people remember the image of where Saddam Hussein was captured in that hole -- that pit that he was living in.† That pit, that hole in the ground was probably big enough to hold chemical and biological weapons sufficient to kill tens of thousands of people.† And therefore, it is not hard to hide things in a country the size of California.† Itís quite easy to hide things.† In fact, we finally found a bunch of jet aircraft that theyíve buried underground.†

This had not made the news before. I wonder if this was a planned leak or if Rummy thought it was already out there. With the extraordinary amount of facts that flow across his desk before they hit the media, it is quite conceivable that the administration was waiting for the tests and Rummy spoke too soon. I doubt Rumsfeld would choose this venue and that method of announcing such a find.

Of course, I'm sure the usual suspect will find it part of an evil right wing plot. I just find it interesting and wonder how little it will be followed up by the liberal press.

UPDATE It is a new WMD find, via AP via Newsday.

Polish Troops Find Sarin Warheads in Iraq

WARSAW, Poland -- Polish troops have found two warheads in Iraq believed to contain a deadly nerve agent, but it is not clear what period the weapons came from, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The two warheads were found in early June in a bunker in the area controlled by Polish forces, and they tested positive for cyclosarin, a substance many times stronger than sarin, the ministry said in a statement.

"There is no doubt that the warheads contain chemical weapons," Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski told TVN24. "The problem is what period they came from, whether the (Persian) Gulf War or earlier, and whether they were usable, partly usable or not at all."

Another dozen were found later in June and were being tested in Baghdad and the United States, he said.

OK, you guys wait here and I'll turn on the evening news and wait for the story. HAHAHAHAHA


Comments (10)

This isn't previously undis... (Below threshold)
Dodd:

This isn't previously undisclosed information, it just didn't get any media attention. Unless this is a wholly different find, I am fairly certain I heard either Michael Medved or Hugh Hewitt discussing this late last week.

That's why I bolded "discov... (Below threshold)
Paul:

That's why I bolded "discovery that just occurred within the last period of days."

I dunno, I did a google news and only found one story and that was basically the same as my post, it was just mentioning the interview. I'm pretty sure this is new but with the lack of media on things like this it may not be.

I looked around (admittedly quickly) and it seemed new to me. Links anyone?

Rummy could be referring to... (Below threshold)

Rummy could be referring to Charles Dulfeur's (sp?) interview on FOX where he stated his teams had discovered about a dozen chemical-laden artillery shells.

Might the ISG count the Polish troops' discovery in its totals? Perhaps. But that's one possibility...

I do remember when the Sari... (Below threshold)

I do remember when the Sarin incident occurred, it mentioned that there were a dozen such rounds discovered...at least I think I remember that.

boortz mentioned this on hi... (Below threshold)

boortz mentioned this on his radio show Mon or Tues, but i could not find any information on the net to substantiate or even corroborate these claims up 'till now. You're the firt blogger i've seen mention it.

pardon the lack of caps. broken arm.

The rest of us only use our... (Below threshold)
Paul:

The rest of us only use our fingers for the caps keys but OK.... ;-)

*But it's only a SMALL stoc... (Below threshold)

*But it's only a SMALL stockpile!*

Expect to hear that in the next few days.

As someone once said: ... (Below threshold)

As someone once said:

"Nevermind"

I did hear the report on Fo... (Below threshold)
eclipsegurl:

I did hear the report on Fox New this morning that these weapons did exist.

Here is the address referring to the jets found in the desert last summer.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/sandplanes.asp

Reading the news reports th... (Below threshold)
Dodd:

Reading the news reports the last day and a half suggests that this is indeed a new find. I'm still not sure if the one Medved/Hewitt was referring to, or if that was some other we heard almost nothing about.




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