Investors Business Daily has posted their analysis of the first tapes released of conversations Saddam had in his presidential offices.
In a tape dating to April 1995, Saddam and several aides discuss the fact that U.N. inspectors had found traces of Iraq's biological weapons program. On the tape, Hussein Kamel, Saddam's son-in-law, is heard gloating about fooling the inspectors.
"We did not reveal all that we have," he says. "Not the type of weapons, not the volume of the materials we imported, not the volume of the production we told them about, not the volume of use. None of this was correct."
There's more. Indeed, as late as 2000, Saddam can be heard in his office talking with Iraqi scientists about his ongoing plans to build a nuclear device. At one point, he discusses Iraq's plasma uranium program — something that was missed entirely by U.N. weapons inspectors combing Iraq for WMD.
This is particularly troubling, since it indicates an active, ongoing attempt by Saddam to build an Iraqi nuclear bomb.
"What was most disturbing," said John Tierney, the ex- FBI agent who translated the tapes, "was the fact that the individuals briefing Saddam were totally unknown to the U.N. Special Commission (or UNSCOM, the group set up to look into Iraq's WMD programs)."
Perhaps most chillingly, the tapes record Iraq Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz talking about how easy it would be to set off a WMD in Washington. The comments come shortly after Saddam muses about using "proxies" in a terror attack.
The tapes show up the "Bush lied," and "there were no WMD" memes for what they have always been: empty. As for where the WMD went?
"The short answer to the question of where the WMD Saddam bought from the Russians went was that they went to Syria and Lebanon," said John Shaw, former deputy undersecretary of defense, in comments made at an intelligence summit Feb. 17-20 in Arlington, Va.
"They were moved by Russian Spetsnaz (special ops) units out of uniform that were specifically sent to Iraq to move the weaponry and eradicate any evidence of its existence," he said.
Neither revelation—not the fact that there were WMD, nor that they went to Syria—is a surprise to anyone who has followed the story with anything approaching objectivity. Here are a few post's of my own on the subject:
-This should pop the balloon belonging to the "Bush lied about WMD's" camp.
-Panetta Said Bush Did Not Lie About Intel.
-Missing the point.
-MSM finds WMD in Iraq--again.
-Democrats on WMD's.
-Saddam's WMD have been found.
-The Other Shoe.
-Syria and North Korea Sittin' in a Tree...
-Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties
-Charles Duelfer Reports... What Exactly?
Read IBD's whole piece.