Originally Posted by Mustangman_2000
Hmm...This is interesting. (Don't shoot the messenger!)
Snopes claims that it is false that this yellowcake means that Hussein was trying to restart his nuclear program after 1991. http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/yellowcake.asp
No. Uranium recently shipped from Iraq to Canada was left over from Saddam Hussein's defunct nuclear weapons program and had been in sealed containers, under guard, since the end of the first Gulf War in 1991. Claims that this material is "vindication" for President Bush's WMD claims in 2003 are completely false
Most was stored since 1991 because he immediately went to hiding most of it. Trying to bring it back was another thing. He lost a bunch of personnel AND with all the sanctions imposed on Iraq, he didn't have the money to get it going again either. I would image that after 9/11, he might have got a wild hair to try to revive it. Nothing I've seen shows any evidence of a full-blown nuclear program, but there was definately some R&D going on within the last years of his rule.
He still kept the chemical program alive and running, though. I really need to run to Chemical Ali's lab and get y'all some photos. I haven't been called a liar in a while, so it would be a nice change around here. I just can't wait to read this shit in history books to see how far off it really is.
As far as this "Bush lied" shit; you people need to get over it. Bush, like the rest of America AND Congress, fell victim to the exaggeration of George Tenet (led by Cheney and the help of Rumsfeldt). The only person to raise an eyebrow of suspiscion to Tenet's CIA report, at that time, was Colin Powell. Powell was denied face time with Bush during this by Condoleezza Rice, who was the one to approve all Bush's face to face appointments back then. There were obvious cover-ups going on, though. I mean, look at the whole "yellow cake from Niger" deal from Joseph Wilson. It basically discredited the reports that Iraq was trying to acquire the yellow cake from Niger. This led to Wilson's wife, Valerie Wilson, idientity leaked (she was a covert CIA agent). After the CIA lauched an investigation of the leak, it was found that Scooter Libby, once Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, was the source. Now get this... Libby was part of a network of neo-conservatives known as the "Vulcans." Who else is involved with this group you ask? Rice, Rumsfeldt, Cheney and several others. Their job during Bush's campaign was to aid Bush because of his lack of foreign policy. All the members of this team were given positions in his Administration. What better group of people to conspire and get the show running?
I know many of you think I'm a tin-foil hat wearer, but prove ANYTHING I've ever said in the Political Forum wrong. Please.
Iraq had a chemical program. It was not as the initial, manipulated CIA report suggested, though.
Iraq had a nuclear program. It too was nothing near the CIA report's suggestions.
Was there a threat? Hell yes.
Would there have been an escalation of these programs if we didn't intercede? No one can honestly say, but in my opinion, I believe they would have. I believe that after 9/11, people like Saddam got this burst of confindence and false hope that they could take us down. I believe that near the time of the invasion, Saddam would have spent his last penny to see the destruction of Israel and/or the US. I believe that Saddam had Al Quaeda ties AND that he had training facilities for terrorists, disguised in the run-down military bases that were no longer manned (less than 1/2 really were after we leveled the place in 1991).