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    Re: Iraq: 'terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Actually, your assumption that everyone knew that the weapons had degraded was not widely held at the time and was not really logical.
    It was not existential to Saddam that Iran believe he had chemical weapons. And since he would not show the destruction, though, Bush had said he would have to go, if he did not accept the resolution, it made sense to assume they were still functional. Of course Putin, Chirac and Schröder lead him to believe that Bush was talking big but held no stick, but the rick did remain, as the dictator found out.
    To our detriment.

    As for belief, Iraq's infrastructure was devastated. There was every likelihood that the weapons were degraded. Nearly everything Bush said was getting push back from experts outside the administration. That's what caused me to doubt him before we invaded.

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    Re: Iraq: 'terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    Iraq’s Chemical Warfare Program
    https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/...004/chap5.html
    While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991.
    That looks like a report I remember reading after a reference in Foreign Affairs some years ago. It sounded right to me.

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    Re: Iraq: 'terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    To our detriment.

    As for belief, Iraq's infrastructure was devastated. There was every likelihood that the weapons were degraded. Nearly everything Bush said was getting push back from experts outside the administration. That's what caused me to doubt him before we invaded.
    The link that Simon W. Moon connected right below your entry is interesting in respect to our little debate.

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    Re: Iraq: 'terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    The link that Simon W. Moon connected right below your entry is interesting in respect to our little debate.
    Yep, I've read that link before.

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    Re: Iraq: 'terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Check with Powell. He claims he was deceived.
    I suspect you were deceived.
    32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
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    Re: Iraq: 'terrorists' seize ex-chemical weapons site

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    I suspect you were deceived.
    No, I'm not so war hungry. I didn't have the fever, as Powell said.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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