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WikiLeaks memos the mainstream media doesn't want you to read

A few weeks after the huge WikiLeaks dump of diplomatic cables last November, Rush Limbaugh observed that the leaked documents contained virtually nothing to back up the various "vast right wing conspiracy" theories that continue to be favored among the Left.  However, they contained a considerable amount of information that supports various claims made by conservatives, including (but not limited to) the extent that radical Islamic ideas have permeated the West, the fact that the international "global warming" agenda is built primarily around crippling the economies of First World nations, and the growing fear of nuclear proliferation due to our current foreign policy strategies.

Now, Human Events has chronicled a number of items contained in the WikiLeaks documents that back up many of the claims made by the Bush Administration surrounding the 2003* invasion if Iraq.  Many of these items have previously been made public, but it is worthwhile to review them again:

  • For years after the invasion of Iraq, American troops "continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins and uncover weapons of mass destruction. . . . Chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam's toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict -- and may have brewed up their own deadly agents."

  • In July 2008, in a secret US military operation, 500 metric tons of "yellowcake" uranium ore (yes, Joe Wilson, yellowcake) discovered in Iraq were flown out of the country for processing and remediation

  • In January 2004, Nizar Nayuf, a Syrian journalist who defected to the West, testified that Sadddam Hussein had ordered key constituents of his moth-balled WMD programs transported to Syria, and that these items were being stored in three locations for Saddam by the Syrian government.

  • There is evidence of North Korea-Syrian cooperation in assembling chemical and nuclear weapons research and development laboratories, perhaps using some of the equipment and reagents from Iraq.  This satisfactorily explains Israel's 2007 bombing raid on a secret Syrian facility, and Syria's reluctance to discuss anything about that incident.
Of course those who opposed the use of military force against Saddam Hussein will not be swayed one bit by this evidence.  And the mainstream media has no interest whatsoever in publishing a "Bush was right" story while their Golden Boy in the White House is struggling to maintain a 45% approval rating.  But those of us who have been following these stories with interest can at least take comfort in the fact that the worn-out liberal memes of "Bush lied" and "Saddam had no WMD" are continually becoming increasingly harder to justify.

* corrected, thanks to commenter rslee2254.  Of course the year was 2003, not 1993.  I had been looking at information detailing Iraq's inquiries about yellowcake in the late 1990's and my brain got stuck in the last century, I suppose.

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Comments (14)

Michael, why are you the lo... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

Michael, why are you the lone voice in the wilderness?

While it is human nature to minimize, if not outright ignore unpleasant truths, when you find yourself the only adult in the room, do not avert your gaze.

Thank you for quietly saying, what deserves to be shouted.
Steven M.

I believe these claims are ... (Below threshold)
curious:

I believe these claims are nonsense. please cite the cables you refer to.

Don't you mean 2003 invasio... (Below threshold)
Theo:

Don't you mean 2003 invasion? Not trying to nit-picky with my first comment here, but thought I'd point it out. As to the substance, a few websites are the only places I've seen these mentioned-MSM is dead silent.

@Curious ... try reading th... (Below threshold)

@Curious ... try reading the post again, closely. Follow the links within, read again, carefully. Some work on the grammar would be a treat, too.

Just curious Curious, if yo... (Below threshold)
John:

Just curious Curious, if you're really curious why didn't you follow the links you might have satisfied your curiosity.

By the way the yellow cake story did make some news several years ago.

The MSM will acknowledge on... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

The MSM will acknowledge only if/when some of Saddam's WMD's are used against us. Then, of course, it will be front page "news".

Not only that GarandFan, it... (Below threshold)
John:

Not only that GarandFan, it will be Bush's fault for not going after Sadam more aggressively.

Or, the truth about the yel... (Below threshold)
Curiouser:

Or, the truth about the yellowcake:


From Snopes, which sites the AP and NYT:

"Tuwaitha and an adjacent research facility were well known for decades as the centerpiece of Saddam's nuclear efforts.

Israeli warplanes bombed a reactor project at the site in 1981. Later, U.N. inspectors documented and safeguarded the yellowcake, which had been stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. There was no evidence of any yellowcake dating from after 1991, the official said.
Or, as the New York Times stated more plainly:
The yellowcake removed from Iraq was not the same yellowcake that President Bush claimed, in a now discredited section of his 2003 State of the Union address, that Mr. Hussein was trying to purchase in Africa.
The U.S. did manage to ameliorate a substantial security concern by secretly shipping stored yellowcake out of Iraq in mid-2008, but that act was not, as claimed above, proof that Iraq had been purchasing uranium and attempting to restart its nuclear program prior to the U.S. invasion.

Hardly proof of Bush's claims or justification for invasion.

@Curious and Curiouser ... ... (Below threshold)

@Curious and Curiouser ... or is that Dumb and Dumber?

If you would kindly remove your cranium from that dark and stinky place, and actually read was is posted here, you will see the source of the information that clearly shows that the invasion of Iraq was indeed morally and legally justified.

Or have the delusions become so set in that they are your warped reality?

Curious:It must se... (Below threshold)
Ellie Light:

Curious:

It must seem to you that's its hardly worth the effort of chewing through your restraints in the morning. Yeah 500 tons of radioactive ore just simply appeared. In addition to the 500 tons of ore obtained in Chad. Indeed, the usual suspects have been discredited. That's why no one credits the MSM any more of all those Leftwingnuts who warned us of the dangers Saddam posed during the Clinton era.

Saddam was simply a saint.

Didn't we go through this d... (Below threshold)

Didn't we go through this discussion about the 500 metric Tons of yellowcake back in 2008? You know, back when it was actually news about a current event? I seem to remember that we did. I'm not sure exactly why having it mentioned in Wikileaks documents has people excited again. It was reported and discussed pretty extensively the first time around.

Here's the full Snopes article as well that Curiouser references above (also from 2008).

@Lissa:Perhaps it ... (Below threshold)
Curiouser Still:

@Lissa:

Perhaps it isn't obvious to you, but the information posted in my response refutes the links in the original article. If you'd care to offer counter evidence, feel free. However, I realize ad hominem attacks are more fun, and a great retreat when faced with facts that do not support your beliefs.

@curiouser: Of course the ... (Below threshold)
Karl:

@curiouser: Of course the yellowcake found in Iraq was not the same yellowcake Hussein was trying to buy from Sudan. The operative word here is "trying".

Um make that "Niger".... (Below threshold)
Karl:

Um make that "Niger".
Sudan is a different set of problems.




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